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Species Polydontomyia curvipes

Syrphid Fly - Polydontomyia curvipes - male Eristalini ? - Polydontomyia curvipes - female Eristalini ? - Polydontomyia curvipes - female Lejops curvipes - Polydontomyia curvipes - female Fly? - Polydontomyia curvipes Weird Fly or Bee? - Polydontomyia curvipes Eristalinae - Polydontomyia curvipes - male Dimorphic Sickleleg - Polydontomyia curvipes - male
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 Helophilina
Genus Polydontomyia
Species curvipes (Polydontomyia curvipes)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Polydontomyia curvipes
Explanation of Names
Lejops curvipes (Wiedemann 1830)
curvipes = 'curved legs'
easily recognized by long spur on the metatibia. Tropidia spp. look similar but are more slender and have spots instead of a pure red abdomen.
transcontinental in NA (map)
the only representative of the subgen. Polydontomyia Williston 1896 in our area(1)

Displays strong sexual dimorphism, with females a brownish-gray color and males with a bright reddish-orange abdomen. Note also the differences in the hind leg (male hind femur is much larger and curved).



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.