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Species Mallota bautias

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Classification
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 Eristalini
Subtribe Helophilina
Genus Mallota
Species bautias (Mallota bautias)
Explanation of Names
Mallota bautias (Walker 1849)
Size
11-17 mm
Identification
abdomen black pilose beyond first segment; eyes bare (not pilose as in M. posticata); Western specimens (i.e. Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado) usually have T4 yellow pilose.
Range
e. NA (QC-FL to CO-TX)(1)
Habitat
woodlands and wood edges; adults visit flowers
Season
Apr-Jun in OK(2), mid-May to mid-Jul in ON(3)
Food
larvae are deposit filter-feeders in water-filled tree holes
Remarks
Males show hilltopping behavior: they congregate in open elevated areas (hilltops, moraines, escarpments, clifftops) and wait for females to arrive
See Also
M. posticata has pilose eyes (short hairs covering surface), and usually thick yellow hair on basal segments of abdomen