Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Mallota bautias

Mallota bautias - male Bee mimic, Mallota bautias - Mallota bautias Beefly on apple - Mallota bautias Convincing Bumblebee Mimic - Mallota?? - Mallota bautias Potential Mallota with small mites - Mallota bautias 12Jun2017.Lotus.HN.Dip3 - Mallota bautias Mallota bautias Mallota bautias - female
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)
11-17 mm
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.
e. NA (QC-FL to CO-TX)(1)
woodlands and wood edges; adults visit flowers
Apr-Jun in OK(2), mid-May to mid-Jul in ON(3)
larvae are deposit filter-feeders in water-filled tree holes
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