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Genus Megasyrphus

Hover Fly - Megasyrphus laxus Blue stripe Hoverfly  - Megasyrphus laxus Sept data pt from home - Megasyrphus laxus fly - Megasyrphus laxus Syrphini - Megasyrphus laxus fly - Megasyrphus laxus Banded dorsal & ventral Flower Fly - Megasyrphus laxus Syrphid fly - Megasyrphus catalina
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Family Syrphidae (Hover Flies)
Subfamily Syrphinae
Tribe Syrphini
Genus Megasyrphus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
previously a subgenus of Eriozona Schiner 1860
Explanation of Names
Megasyrphus Dusek & Laska 1967
2 spp. in our area(1)
Separated from Didea by the pale abdominal bands reaching the edge of the abdomen (versus a black margin in Didea), black frons (versus yellow to brownish in Didea), and more oval basoflagellomere (versus pointed in Didea).
Holarctic & Oriental
See Also
Print References
Key to species (in German):
Dusek, J. and Laska, P. 1967. Versuch zum Autbau eines natiirlichen Systems mitteleuropiischer Arten der Unterfamilie Syrphinae (Diptera). Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Academiae Scientiarum Bohemoslovacae, 1: 349-390.
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. CJAI 23: 1‒351.