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Genus Meromacrus

Syrphid - Meromacrus acutus Syrphadae, Syrphid Fly, Meromacrus sp ID Please - Meromacrus acutus fly - Meromacrus acutus - male Flower Fly - Meromacrus acutus Meromacrus acutus Fly 052617bar - Meromacrus acutus Meromacrus acutus Large Flower Fly - Meromacrus acutus
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 Eristalina
Genus Meromacrus
Explanation of Names
Meromacrus Rondani 1848
meromacrus = 'big thighs'
Numbers
5 spp. in our area(1), 43 total(2)
Identification
Mesonotum and abdomen mostly dark, with yellow markings of short, squamose pile; wings darkened anteriorly, distinctly so on apical half of anterior border; third vein deeply looped into apical cell.(3)
Martin Hauser: Meromacrus has a deep dip in the vein R4+5, in Milesia the dip is slight.
Meromacrus acutus vs Milesia virginiensis:
Range
New World, mostly neotropical(2)
Habitat
Larvae are aquatic "rat-tailed maggots":
Season
May-Sep (M. acutus in NC)(4)
Internet References
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.Austalis, a new genus of flower flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) with revisionary notes on related genera
Thompson F.C. 2003. Zootaxa 246: 1-19.
3. SYRPHIDAE OF OKLAHOMA (DIPTERA)
4.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.