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Syrphid fly maggot?

Syrphid fly maggot?
Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
August 29, 2006
Found on milkweed and an unidentified vine. Both plants have Oleander aphids (Aphis nerii) on them, which leads me to wonder, do the syrphid maggots feed on the aphids?

Moved from Allograpta.
Probably not Allograpta but something else in this tribe.

aphid feeders
Check the syrphid larva images, seems aphids are a mainstay and the syrphids can be a major benefit in aphid control.

I always try to look through the photos first to see if I can get pointed in the right direction. Today I ended up asking the question before looking, and after a while I ended up answering my own question.

As for aphid control, they had better eat a lot of them because my plants are loaded! :-) I noticed there are also lacewing eggs about to hatch so the natural war on aphids has begun. Thanks again for the info.

Odd to be saying this, but
pretty fly and maggot!

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