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Genus Polybiomyia

Polybiomyia townsendi - male Polybiomyia bellardi - Polybiomyia bellardii - female Polybiomyia bellardi - Polybiomyia bellardii - female With thick antennae - Polybiomyia sayi - male Wasp mimic - Polybiomyia schnablei - male fly 151 - Polybiomyia - female Curated male Polybiomyia from the Essig Museum - Polybiomyia townsendi - male Thick-headed fly Physocephala maybe?? - Polybiomyia townsendi - male
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 Cerioidini
Genus Polybiomyia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
treated as a subgenus of Ceriana in(1)
Explanation of Names
Polybiomyia Shannon 1925
8 spp. in our area(2)
The "Key to Species of Polybiomyia" from Shannon(1925) appears as an inset here.
See the BugGuide info page for tribe Cerioidini for useful info on members of the genus.
Print References
Hull, F. M. (1930). Some Notes and Descriptions of Cerioidine Wasp-waisted Flies (Syrphidæ, Diptera). Psyche 37(2):178-181 (Full Text)
Shannon, R.C. (1925) The syrphid–flies of the subfamily Ceriodinae in the U.S. National Museum Collection. Insecutor Inscitiae Menstruus, No. 13, 48–65. (Full Text)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Skevington J.H. (2014) Nearctic Syrphidae checklist
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.