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Genus Meliscaeva

Spreadwing hoverfly - Meliscaeva cinctella - female Striped syrphid fly - Meliscaeva cinctella Fly - Meliscaeva cinctella Hover Fly - Meliscaeva cinctella - male Fly - Meliscaeva cinctella - male Meliscaeva cinctella - female Meliscaeva cinctella Condylostylus ? - Meliscaeva cinctella - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Family Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Subfamily Syrphinae
Tribe Syrphini
Genus Meliscaeva
Explanation of Names
Meliscaeva Frey 1946
a single species in our area(1)
They have bar eyes, bare metasternum, bare metapisternum, the anterior anepisternum is usually pillose. Wing margin with a series of minute closely spaced black maculae on posterior margin.
Mostly Oriental, however, Meliscaeva cinctella is widely distributed in North America and Europe.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Key to the genera of nearctic Syrphidae
Miranda G.F.G, Young A.D., Locke M.M., Marshall S.A., Skevington J.H., Thompson F.C. 2013. Can. J. Arthropod Identification 23: 1-351.