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Flower Fly - Dioprosopa clavata - female

Flower Fly - Dioprosopa clavata - Female
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
July 14, 2004

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Other cool stuff in this image.
I assume this particular syrphid feeds on aphids as larvae, since this one is sitting on a cluster of aphids. Ironically, nearly all the aphids in the image have been parasitized by a braconid wasp that creates aphid "mummies." The aphids with holes in them are the victims of this wasp.

Syrphidae: Pseudodoros clavatus female
Hello Lynette,
This is also a syrphid, and it has a narrow (petiolate) abdomen and the scutellum is yellow with a transverse black band.
So this is a female of Pseudodoros clavatus, and it is busy depositing eggs on a aphid infested plant!
Most of the aphids are mummies with round holes in them, they are victims of another parasitoid: probably wasps from the family Braconidae, subfamily Aphidiinae
Nice picture!
Gerard Pennards

Pseudodoros or Pseudodorus?
Will somebody, please tell me which is the correct spelling? Pseudodorus sounds more Latin so I lean toward it.

Pseudodoros sp.
Hello Beatriz,
The name really should be Pseudodoros!
In Europe there is a syrphid genus that is named Doros, and probably this name (Pseudodoros) is given to this genus because it resembles that european genus!
Gerard Pennards

Thanks, I found both spellings in the web and needed to know.

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