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Hoverfly - Life Cycle - Eupeodes

Hoverfly - Life Cycle - Eupeodes
Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
June 14, 2009
Two Syrphid larvae on the underside of an aphid infested Pigweed leaf.

*_ This Life Cycle also shown on info page for this species.

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Thank you very much!

Moved from Eupeodes.

Terrific series!
Well done. It reminds me of the series I did last year here, not far from where you are.

Yours is a very nice series
and it seems to be the same species. Interesting is the date. With the cold rainy June we had this year, plants and little critters seem to be delayed for a month.

Who IDed it to genus Eupeodes then? I went through a lot of trouble to find out that mine was Syrphus but this is placed in a different genus. All these members of the Syrphini tribe are very hard to ID to genus, let alone to species. Are you sure that it is Eupeodes? Too bad that Tony left Bugguide! He knows a lot about flies; he could have helped us.
As for the date, I think that they have several generations a year, so you may find larvae most of the summer. After all their food, aphids, is also present all that time.

For ID-ing
I have to rely on experts because I am not. That's why I take pictures from as many angles as I can because I don't know what's important.

ID by Ron H.
on this image

I'm collecting all the images of identified syrphid larvae here. I had missed yours, but I just added it.

Outstanding work!

Thanks Jay!

Nice series, Marie!
I have one suggestion. There is a way to use titles to make such a large series more user-friendly. If you can include a little more information in the title box - date or passage of time from the first image, for example - that information shows up when you run over the thumbnails with your cursor, so you don't need to open each one in the series. See the series beginning here for an example.

Thanks Hannah,
these little pop up boxes are really neat but I have no idea how to create them. Could you point me in the right direction or tell me what they are called so that can I try to find out about them?

Just click on the image in question, then click on the "edit" hyperlink that appears below all the thumbnail images. Whatever you type into the "title" box will be what appears when you hover the cursor over the thumbnail.

This is a great series--with work like yours maybe we can start to make sense of all our images of mystery syrphid larvae!

Thanks Charley
At least one syrphid larva is demystified. Now in retirement I have time to rear little critters.

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