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Genus Palpada

Bee Fly? - Palpada vinetorum Palpada - Palpada furcata - female Palpada - Palpada furcata - female Large orange and black fly. - Palpada vinetorum Palpada alhambra? - Palpada alhambra - female Fly bee mimic - Palpada pusilla - female Palpada vinetorum Palpada vinetorum? - Palpada vinetorum
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 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 Florida
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. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 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.