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                                                                                                                                               Copyright Ron Hemberger

Yellow katepimeron which forms a continuous yellow band from anepisternum to katatergum, yellow or light brown stripe on face and two narrow parallel yellow strips and two broader oval sublateral yellow markings present on the 4th and 5th terga (Miranda et al. 2013). They are very similar to Allograpta exotica but have yellow katepimeron and yellow anterior anepisternum rather than black (Vockeroth 1992).

Length: 5.4-9.0 mm (Vockeroth 1992)


They are multivoltine (Vockeroth 1992). Larvae of Allograpta oblique feed on aphids (Family: Aphididae)(Hardy 1964) and mealybugs (Family: Coccidae) (Vockeroth 1992).


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Almost all of the continental United States from Washington to Maine and into Quebec, Canada, southward to California and Florida; also Hawaii, Bermuda, Mexico, and parts of the neotropical Americas, including the West Indies (Vockeroth 1992).

Taxonomic Hierarchy

 Kingdom  Animalia
      Phylum  Arthropoda
         Subphylum   Hexapoda
            Class   Insecta
               Subclass   Pterygota
                  Infraclass   Neoptera
                     Order  Diptera
                        Suborder   Brachycera
                           Infraorder   Muscomorpha                                Family  Syrphidae
                                 Subfamily   Syrphinae
                                    Tribe   Syrphini
                                       Genus  Allograpta                                        Species                                        
                           Allograpta obliqua (Say,1823)  


  Scaeva obliqua Say, 1823
  Syrphus baccides Walker, 1849
  Syrphus dimemsus Walker, 1852
  Syrphus securiferus Macquart, 1842
  Syrphus signatus Wulp, 1867