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Species Chalcosyrphus piger

Syrphid Fly - Chalcosyrphus piger BG1446 C8271 - Chalcosyrphus piger Syrphid Fly - Chalcosyrphus piger Chalcosyrphus piger Chalcosyrphus piger Mydas Fly? - Chalcosyrphus piger Chalcosyrphus libo? - Chalcosyrphus piger - male syrphid fly - Chalcosyrphus piger
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
No Taxon (subgenus Xylotomima)
Species piger (Chalcosyrphus piger)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xylota pigra, Xylotina pigra
Explanation of Names
Chalcosyrphus piger (Fabricius 1794)
piger = 'slow, sluggish'
9-13 mm(1)
Medium-sized; metafemora enlarged. Dark thorax, wings. Abdomen bright red. Tarsi usually (or always?) dark. Note short appressed (not erect) hairs on thorax(1). This, and related members of the genus with a similar pattern are likely mimics of wasps, specifically Astata, a spider wasp(2):
holarctic, incl. most of NA (QC-BC to FL-CA-Mexico)(3)
Tends to move toward hilltops and other open, high areas for mating(1)
Mar-Nov in e.NC(4)
Works Cited
1.Syrphidae of Ontario
2.Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
Eric Eaton, Kenn Kaufman. 2006. Houghton Mifflin.
3.Thompson F.C., Pape T., Evenhuis N.L. (2013) Systema Dipterorum, Version 1.5
4.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.