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Genus Milesia

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Family Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Subfamily Eristalinae
Tribe Milesiini
Subtribe Milesiina
Genus Milesia
Explanation of Names
Milesia Latreille 1804
3 spp. in our area(1), ~80 worldwide(2)
~20 mm
Large syrphids with cylindrical bodies, mimic wasps, in particular, hornets. Have buzzy flight, likely mimicry.
Pictorial key to US species:
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)
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)
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.