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Species Spilomyia longicornis

Spilomyia longicornis - female Syrphid Fly (Spilomyia longicornis) - Spilomyia longicornis - female Yellow and Black Fly - Spilomyia longicornis Vespid mimic fly - Spilomyia longicornis Fly (Spilomyia longicornis?) - Spilomyia longicornis - male Wasp mimic - Spilomyia longicornis Spilomyia longicornis Hornet  - Spilomyia longicornis
Classification
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 Milesiina
Genus Spilomyia
Species longicornis (Spilomyia longicornis)
Other Common Names
Eastern Hornet Fly (1)
Explanation of Names
Spilomyia longicornis Loew 1872
Size
12-16 mm (1)
Identification
mimics Polistes or perhaps Yellowjacket. Yellow-striped abdomen. Eyes have pigment which enhances the wasp-like appearance.
Range
e. NA (QC-ON-MN to FL-TX)(2)
Habitat
Deciduous forests and edges
Season
in NC, Sep-Nov at low elevations, Jun-Oct in mountains(3); Skevington et al. list flight times as "late May-October" (1).
See Also
Spilomyia alcimus--markings somewhat different, typically flies earlier in year
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America
Jeffrey H. Skevington and Michelle M. Locke, Andrew D. Young, Kevin Moran, William J. Crins and Stephen A. Marshall. 2019. Princeton University Press.
2.Spilomyia flower flies of the New World (Diptera: Syrphidae)
Thompson F.C. 1996. Mem. Ent. Soc. Wash. 18: 261-272.
3.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.