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Genus Palpada

Syphrid Fly? - Palpada vinetorum - male Syrphid Fly - Palpada albifrons? - Palpada agrorum Male Palpada albifrons - Palpada vinetorum - male Palpada alhambra? - Palpada alhambra - female Unknown syrhid - Palpada vinetorum - female 9051138 Syrph - Palpada undescribed-species-near-furcata Palpada vinetorum? - Palpada vinetorum Palpada sp. - Palpada vinetorum
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Family Syrphidae (Hover Flies)
Subfamily Eristalinae
Tribe Eristalini
Subtribe Eristalina
Genus Palpada
Explanation of Names
Palpada Macquart 1834
Numbers
11 spp. in our area(1), 85 total(2)
Identification
Closely related to Eristalis but usually more colorful on the thorax and/or abdomen.
"The pattern of its thorax and wing venation are different to those of Eristalis. Palpada's head looks just a bit different compared to Eristalis as well... I think the back of the eye fits more closely with the thorax like a Syrphini or something, it's hard to describe." ‒Andrew Young, 31.x.2010
Range
New World, mostly neotropical(2)
Season
spring through fall; year-round in FL
Food
Larvae with mouthparts adapted for filtering suspended food
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. CJAI 23: 1‒351.
2.Austalis, a new genus of flower flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) with revisionary notes on related genera
Thompson F.C. 2003. Zootaxa 246: 1-19.