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                                                                                                                                               Copyright Ron Hemberger

Robust body with densely haired eyes and strongly swollen bright to pale yellow face. Also, oval, flattened abdomen with paired pale yellow abdominal spots on 2- 5 abdominal tergites (Vockeroth 1992).

Length: 11.1-15.7 mm (Vockeroth 1992)


They are multivoltine (Vockeroth 1992). Larvae of Scaeva pyrastri feed on aphids (Family: Aphididae) (Vockeroth 1992).


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Alaska, Canada, South to Arizona, Arkansas, Europe, Asia, North Africa (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  Scaeva                                        Species                                        
                           Scaeva pyrastri   (Linnaeus, 1758)  


  Musca pyrastri Linnaeus, 1758
  Scaeva affinis Say, 1823
  Scaeva unicolor Curtis, 1834