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Genus Palpada

Syrphid Reality Check #1: Palpada mexicana? - Palpada mexicana Bee Mimic? - Palpada agrorum Its pal was a Palpada, too - Palpada mexicana - male Yellow - Palpada pusilla - male Eristalis? Nope - Palpada mexicana Unknown Fly (bee mimic) - Palpada vinetorum Unknown Fly - Palpada furcata Palpada vinetorum - 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 Eristalini
Subtribe Eristalina
Genus Palpada
Explanation of Names
Palpada Macquart 1834
11 spp. in our area(1), 85 total(2)

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
New World, mostly neotropical(2)
spring through fall; year-round in Florida
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.