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Genus Xylota

Syrphid Fly - Xylota Syrphid - Xylota unidentified Asilidae - Xylota Syrphid - Xylota Kiss from the Rose Fly - Xylota Xylota on Hydrangea - Xylota bicolor Soldier fly? - Xylota flavitibia Leafwalker - Xylota segnis
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 Xylotina
Genus Xylota
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xylota Meigen 1822
Micraptoma Westwood, 1840
Eumeros Meigen, 1803
Heliophilus Meigen, 1803
Zelima Meigen, 1800
25 spp. in our area, in 3 subgenera: Ameroxylota Hippa 1978 | Sterphoides Hippa 1978 | Xylota s.str.(1), >100 spp. in 5 subgenera worldwide
most of the world except the Neotropics (see here)
Larvae feed on sap runs. Adults feed on pollen, often taking it off of the surfaces of leaves(2)
Print References
photos of X. bicolor, X. ejuncida in(2)
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.Insects: Their Natural History And Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America
Stephen A. Marshall. 2006. Firefly Books Ltd.