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Genus Merodon

Fly or bee???? - Merodon equestris Mating Pair - Merodon equestris - male - female Narcissus bulb fly - Merodon equestris - female Eristalis? - Merodon equestris Hover Fly (Mallota posticata?) - Merodon equestris Narcissus Bulb Fly - Merodon equestris Fly on clothespin - Merodon equestris # 205 - Merodon equestris - 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 Merodontini
Genus Merodon
Explanation of Names
Merodon Meigen 1803
A single (adventive) species in our area(1); large Old World genus, with >60 spp. in Europe alone
Adults may be told from the superficially similar Mallota by the intersection of the M1 and R4+5 veins, which is a right angle in Merodon but a quite acute angle close to the wing edge in Mallota.

Merodon wing:

Mallota wing:

Palaearctic & Ethiopian regions; M. equestris spread worldwide with bulb trade
See Also
Other bumblebee-like hoverflies: Mallota, some Eristalis, Volucella, and Criorhina.

Bumblebees Bombus and bee-mimic robber flies (Laphria, Mallophora)
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. Can. J. Arthropod Identification 23: 1-351.