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Genus Sphecomyia

Wasp-mimic fly 2 - Sphecomyia pattonii - male - female Syrphidae  ? - Sphecomyia vittata - male wasp mimic in tree - Sphecomyia vittata Hover Fly,  Syrphidae Chrysotoxum? - Sphecomyia vittata Sericomyia sp.? - Sphecomyia pattonii screech - Sphecomyia vittata Sphecomyia vittata - male - female Large Flower Fly - Sphecomyia pattonii
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
13 spp. in our area + 3 in Old World.
Holarctic, in NA mostly western with the exception of S. vittata(1)
Larvae likely 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.Thompson F.C., Pape T., Evenhuis N.L. (2013) Systema Dipterorum, Version 1.5
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. Can. J. Arthropod Identification 23: 1-351.