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Genus Chalcosyrphus

Syrphid - Chalcosyrphus libo - female Chalcosyrphus pigra? - Chalcosyrphus piger Chalcosyrphus sp.? - Chalcosyrphus piger Possible syrphid - Chalcosyrphus libo Syrphid - Chalcosyrphus piger Orange legged fly - Chalcosyrphus curvaria Mydas Fly? - Chalcosyrphus curvaria Chalcosyrphus sp.? - Chalcosyrphus
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 Xylotina
Genus Chalcosyrphus
Explanation of Names
Chalcosyrphus Curran 1925
'coppery Syrphus'
Numbers
22 spp. in 3 subgenera in our area(1), >50 spp. in 11 subgenera worldwide
Identification
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).
Range
holarctic & oriental
Season
in NC, Apr-Jun, some spp. into Nov(3)
Food
Larvae feed in decaying wood, perhaps decaying sap(4)
Remarks
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. Canadian Journal of 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