Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


Species Helophilus fasciatus

Is this a Helophilus fasciatus? - Helophilus fasciatus - male coupled Syrphid Flies - dorsal - Helophilus fasciatus - male - female Helophilus? - Helophilus fasciatus - male Helophilus fasciatus - female Is this a horse fly or deer fly? - Helophilus fasciatus - female Syrphid fly - Helophilus fasciatus Syrphid Fly - Helophilus fasciatus Large syrphid fly on Symphiotrichum lanceolatum.jpg - Helophilus fasciatus
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 Helophilus
Species fasciatus (Helophilus fasciatus)
Explanation of Names
Helophilus fasciatus Walker 1849
10-15 mm(1)
for sexing info, click thumbs:
so. Canada (transcontinental) to Mexico(2)
Mar-Nov in OK(1)
Life Cycle
Eggs are layed in clutches on vegetation overhanging ponds. The rat-tailed larvae fall into the pond where they develop(3)
This species is one of the earliest and latest syrphids to fly every year(3)