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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Hover Fly?

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RichSwanner
Citrus Heights, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 2, 2005
4:02 AM

Post #1441507

ID Please-Rich

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 2, 2005
10:15 AM

Post #1441717

It is indeed a Syrphid or Hoverfly...gardeners friend as their maggots feed on aphids.

bootandall

bootandall
Blenheim
New Zealand


May 2, 2005
10:38 AM

Post #1441726

you take beautiful insects photo, what plant is it on. I agree it's a hover fly.
mysticwill
Brookhaven, PA
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2005
1:06 PM

Post #1441890

And what camera did you use??
RichSwanner
Citrus Heights, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 2, 2005
2:03 PM

Post #1442015

Canon 300D 100mm f2.8 USM Macro Canon lens. I think it is called Salvia nemorosa "Osfriesland" It has long rosettes that rise erect and are full of blooms-Rich
eje
San Francisco, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 2, 2005
5:31 PM

Post #1442408

Appears the same as this picture, tenatively identified as a Male Platycheirus sp.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/935

More information than I care to parse regarding the Genus on this page:

http://home.hccnet.nl/mp.van.veen/KEYS/Platycheirus/pltch_key.html
eje
San Francisco, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 2, 2005
5:33 PM

Post #1442411

This is one of my favorite pictures I've seen on the internet, not for the faint of heart, showing a syrphid fly larvae and its prey:

http://mint.ippc.orst.edu/syrphidlarva_lg.htm

Die, Aphid, Die!

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