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Genus Mallota

Bee mimic (Mallota) - Mallota albipilis - female Mallota? Bee mimics mating. - Mallota posticata - male - female Syrphid Fly - Mallota posticata 178330 Microdon melanogaster or Mallota bautius? - Mallota bautias Syrphidae - Mallota bautias Syrphidae? - Mallota bautias Bee-mimic fly - Mallota Syrphidae - Mallota posticata
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 Mallota
Other Common Names
Bee-like Hover Fly
Explanation of Names
Mallota Meigen 1822
Greek mallos 'woolly'(1)
5 spp. in our area(2)
11-19 mm
Adults are bumblebee mimics with very large hind femora; larvae with a tube-like breathing siphon at the rear end
throughout US & much of so. Canada(2)
deciduous forests and edges; adults visit flowers
Spring to fall: Apr-Jun, Aug-Oct (M. posticata in NC); May-Jun (M. posticata in OK, MN); Apr-Jul in OK(3), May-Jul in ON(4)(5)
larvae are deposit feeders in water-filled tree holes
Males show hilltopping behavior, i.e. congregate in open areas on prominent features (hilltops, escarpments, clifftops...) and wait for females to arrive
See Also
Bumblebees Bombus and bee-mimic robber flies (Laphria, Mallophora)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.
2.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. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 23: 1-351.
3.Syrphidae of Oklahoma (Diptera)
Shorter D.A., Drew W.A. 1976. Proc. Okla. Acad. Sci. 56: 75-94.
4.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
5.Syrphidae of Ontario