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Genus Milesia

Very cool mimicry - Milesia virginiensis Attracted to my roses - Milesia virginiensis Yellowjacket Hover Fly - Milesia virginiensis - female Milesia bella BIG (Hover?) fly - Milesia virginiensis - female Bee, Wasp or Fly - Milesia virginiensis Milesia scutellata? - Milesia scutellata unknown insect - Milesia virginiensis - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Family Syrphidae (Hover Flies)
Subfamily Eristalinae
Tribe Milesiini
Subtribe Milesiina
Genus Milesia
Explanation of Names
Milesia Latreille 1804
Numbers
3 spp. in our area(1), ~80 worldwide(2)
Size
~20 mm
Identification
Large syrphids with cylindrical bodies, mimic wasps, in particular, hornets. Have buzzy flight, likely mimicry.
Pictorial key to US species:
Range
worldwide, by far most diverse in so. Asia(2); in our area, 1 sp. widespread in the east, one in se. US (NC-FL-TX) + one in sw. US (AZ-NM)(3)
Season
Summer; in NC, M. virginiensis May-Sep (to Nov at low elevations), M. scutellata May-Jun(4)
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on wet decaying heartwood in rot-holes(5)
Print References
Hull, F. M. 1924. Milesia in North America (Dipt.: Syrphidae). Entomological News 35: 280-282. (Biodiversity Heritage Library)
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.
2.The genus Milesia Latreille (Diptera Syrphidae)
Hippa H. 1990. Acta Zoologica Fennica 187: 1-226.
3.Thompson F.C., Pape T., Evenhuis N.L. (2013) Systema Dipterorum, Version 1.5
4.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
5.Phylogeny of Palaearctic Syrphidae (Diptera): evidence from larval stages
Rotheray G., Gilbert F. 1999. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 127: 1-112.