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Lurking among the aphids - Syrphid larva?  - Dioprosopa clavata

Lurking among the aphids - Syrphid larva? - Dioprosopa clavata
Fullerton Aboretum, Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA
January 17, 2010


Moved from Unidentified Larvae and Puparia.
All Syrphid aphid eaters belong in the Syrphinae subfamily.

Thanks, Beatriz
For the move and the info

I learned that here: Aphid Syrphid predators and added the link to the info page. There are some nice pictures of larvae, but not enough for me to be sure of the ID of any. We'll get there someday.

I did not know that!
Thanks Beatriz, anything new I can learn really makes my day :)

Moved from ID Request.

Yes sir.
What a chubbers!Perhaps someone else can tell you what genus.

A good start; thanks, Natalie.
Quite a smorgasbord was available. In one corner of the place is a ton o' narrow leaf milkweed, just loaded with aphids and Monarch cats, plus scattered large milkweed bugs. Only one chubbers, though.

Gotta love milkweed.
Always manage to find a variety of bugs on mine :) Those Oleander Aphids can get a tad annoying, but I love watching all the parasitoid wasps ovipositing, and then there are plenty of mummies.

Oh, I do love milkweed.
Years ago, Bob Allen planted six varieties at the Arboretum, and the plants are still going strong. My favorite patch, however, is in the butterfly garden at Riley Wilderness Park in south OC. In addition to the typical cast of characters, it attracts jumping spiders and tarantula wasps.

BTW, thanks for mentioning host plant and aphid species, somethings I neglected to do. Future generations shall also thank you!

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