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Syrphidae, hemp-nettle

Syrphidae, hemp-nettle
Seed Savers Exchange, Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA
August 8, 2017
"Aphid tiger" doesn't have much of a ring to it, but that's exactly what these things are...and I love 'em for it
Collected on hemp-nettle, Galeopsis tetrahit, infested with aphids

Larvae were easy to mistake for the senesced, shriveled, light brown flower parts of hemp-nettle that littered the upper surfaces of the plants' leaves

Batch rearing

Adult from the batch

and a larva making its distinctive track on a plastic bag

Images of this individual: tag all
Syrphidae, hemp-nettle Syrphidae, hemp-nettle Syrphidae, hemp-nettle

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

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