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Genus Chalcosyrphus

Flower Fly - Chalcosyrphus piger Fly, I believe - Chalcosyrphus chalybeus Chalcosyrphus curvaria - Chalcosyrphus curvarius Syrphid - Chalcosyrphus piger Red and Black Wood Eating Syphrid - Chalcosyrphus libo Syrphid Fly - Chalcosyrphus metallifer - male Chalcosyrphus chalybeus unknown - Chalcosyrphus vecors - female
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 Xylotina
Genus Chalcosyrphus
Explanation of Names
Chalcosyrphus Curran 1925
'coppery Syrphus'
22 spp. in 3 subgenera in our area(1), >50 spp. in 11 subgenera worldwide
Small syrphids with enlarged, somewhat spiny, hind femora. Several members of genus have brightly-patterned abdomens: yellow and black, or red. Likely wasp mimics(2).
holarctic & oriental
in NC, Apr-Jun, some spp. into Nov(3)
Larvae feed in decaying wood, perhaps decaying sap(4)
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.
2.Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
Eric Eaton, Kenn Kaufman. 2006. Houghton Mifflin.
3.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
4.Insects: Their Natural History And Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America
Stephen A. Marshall. 2006. Firefly Books Ltd.
5.Syrphidae of Ontario