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Genus Sphecomyia

Nomada? - Sphecomyia vittata - male - female large syrphid fly - Sphecomyia pattonii - female Syrphid - Sphecomyia vittata Wasp-mimic fly - Sphecomyia pattonii Wasp, Yellow Jacket, Hornet? - Sphecomyia vittata Sphecomyia brevicornis - male Sphecomyia nasica - male Sphecomyia occidentalis
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 Milesiini
Subtribe Criorhinina
Genus Sphecomyia
Explanation of Names
Sphecomyia Latreille 1829
8 spp. in our area(1)+ 1 in Europe(2)
in Weismann (1965), character to distinguish between S. dyari and S. pattoni does not work. The two can be distinguished as the scutellum is yellow setose in S. dyari vs black setose in S. pattoni
holarctic, in NA mostly western with the exception of S. vittata(2)
Larvae in rot holes
Print References
Vockeroth J.R. (1965) A new species of Sphecomyia from British Columbia (Diptera: Syrphidae). The Canadian Entomologist 97(1): 86-88.
Weisman K.E. (1966) Distribution of the genus Sphecomyia Latreille (Diptera: Syrphidae). Entomolgical News 77: 50-56.
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. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 23: 1-351.
2.Thompson F.C., Pape T., Evenhuis N.L. (2013) Systema Dipterorum, Version 1.5