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Species Syrphus opinator

Eupeodes or Syrphus? - Syrphus opinator - female Eupeodes, right? Wrong - Syrphus opinator - male Eupeodes or Syrphus or ?? - Syrphus opinator - female Syrphus opinator?  Syrphus ribesii? - Syrphus opinator Syrphid fly - Syrphus opinator - female Syrphid  - Syrphus opinator Hoverfly - Syrphus opinator Syrphidae - Syrphus opinator
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 Syrphus
Species opinator (Syrphus opinator)
Explanation of Names
Syrphus opinator Osten Sacken 1877
7-12 mm
S. opinator is the common species in central California and has the abdominal fasciae restricted to the sides and isolated from the margins. S. torvus has hairy eyes (more in the male than in the female), is more northern and early spring only. --Chris Thompson
larva: see(1) fig. 30
w. NA (BC-CA to AB-WY)(2)
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