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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Tribe Bacchini

Melanostoma - Melanostoma mellinum - female Boy, this syrphid looks familiar... - Platycheirus - male Fly IMG_1591 - Platycheirus - male Syrphid - Melanostoma mellinum - female Syrphidae, halberd-leaved rose mallow - Platycheirus quadratus - male Gold-backed hover fly - Platycheirus Shiny hover fly - Platycheirus Hover Fly - Platycheirus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Family Syrphidae (Hover Flies)
Subfamily Syrphinae
Tribe Bacchini
Numbers
6 genera in our area, 11 genera total
Identification
Smallish hoverflies, with variable amounts of yellow marking. Wings often held over the abdomen when resting
Food
Larvae predatory, often on aphids
Remarks