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Species Sphaerophoria contigua

Syrphid Fly (Sphaerophoria) - Sphaerophoria contigua - female Mating Milesiini of some sort. - Sphaerophoria contigua - male - female elongated hover fly? - Sphaerophoria contigua - male i see 2 wings - Sphaerophoria contigua - male i see 2 wings - Sphaerophoria contigua - male Syrphid - Sphaerophoria contigua - male Hover Fly - Sphaerophoria contigua Sphaerophoria contigua - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Family Syrphidae (Hover Flies)
Subfamily Syrphinae
Tribe Syrphini
Genus Sphaerophoria
Species contigua (Sphaerophoria contigua)
Other Common Names
Tufted Globetail(1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sphaerophoria fulvicauda Bigot 1884, Sphaerophoria nigricauda Metcalf 1913
Syrphus cylindricus Say 1824, Syrphus encaustus Say 1835
misspelled contiqua in ITIS
Explanation of Names
Sphaerophoria contigua Macquart 1847
Length: 6.5-8.8 mm (Vockeroth 1992 in Hover Flies (Tribe: Syrphini) in Manitoba)
across North America(2)
Adults are found in forest, meadow, bog, marsh, beach, and garden habitats(1)
Larvae feed primarily on aphids but also mites, thrips, and Lepidoptera on a variety of plants, but mainly crop plants(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America
Jeffrey H. Skevington and Michelle M. Locke, Andrew D. Young, Kevin Moran, William J. Crins and Stephen A. Marshall. 2019. Princeton University Press.
2.Hover Fly Survey of LA County