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Family Syrphidae-Syrphid Flies

Family Syrphidae-Syrphid Flies
Skidaway Island, Savannah 31411, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
June 3, 2016
I believe it is either the larva of the Syrphidae family, Four-spotted Aphid Fly (Dioprosopa clavata) or (Pseudodoros clavatus). It was located upon a heavily aphid invested plant, Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). I lean towards (Dioprosopa clavata). I was unable to locate sharp/quality images to compare with my, not to great submissions. Perhaps the best way for an ID would be to raise the larvae to the adult stage. (Dioprosopa clavata) is one of the eight Syrphid flies I, via, have identified along our 150 yard “Pollinator Garden” berm. The berm is contained within our Landing’s 3 1/4/ acre Sparrow Field. We have eight species of milk weed we have planted for out Monarchs and Queen butterflies. Please ID as to species if possible?

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Dioprosopa clavata and Pseudodoros clavatus are the same thing. I believe Dioprosopa clavata is the current name.

I think that those little pale spines, on a green larva of these proportions with red and whitish longitudinal coloration like yours, are a good indicator of D. clavata, but that's just my own theory.

John- thank you for having vi
John- thank you for having viewed my larva submission and rendered your believed identification as "(Dioprosopa clavata". It certainly matches the images on file.

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

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