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Species Eristalinus aeneus - Eristalinus (Lathyrophthalmus) aeneus

Large, dark syrphid - Eristalinus aeneus Fly Favoring Fennel (or anise, if you prefer) - Eristalinus aeneus - male Syrphid Fly - Eristalinus aeneus - female Eristalinus on Encelia - Eristalinus aeneus - female Eristalinus aeneus? - Eristalinus aeneus - male Eristalinus aeneus - male Syrphid - Eristalinus aeneus Flower Fly? Neat eyes. California  - Eristalinus aeneus
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 Eristalini
Subtribe Eristalina
Genus Eristalinus
Species aeneus (Eristalinus (Lathyrophthalmus) aeneus)
Other Common Names
Common Lagoon Fly(1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eristalis cuprovittatus Wiedemann 1830, Eristalis sincerus Harris 1841, Eristalis aeneus
Explanation of Names
Eristalinus aeneus (Scopoli 1763)
Size
8-12 mm(2)
Identification
Eyes with numerous small dark spots that tend to coalesce towards the top of eye
Range
Native to Europe, adventive (and widespread) in NA
Food
Adults nectar on yellow composites, white Apiaceae, or Salix(1)
Life Cycle
In Europe, larvae often found associated with decaying seaweed(2)
Remarks
the only representative of the subgen. Lathyrophthalmus Mik 1897 in our area(3)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America
Jeffrey H. Skevington and Michelle M. Locke, Andrew D. Young, Kevin Moran, William J. Crins and Stephen A. Marshall. 2019. Princeton University Press.
2.Syrphidae of Ontario
3.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.