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Ventral lobe of surstylus with flattened preapical process on dorsal margin, inner lobe of surstylus present, 2nd, 3rd, 4th abdominal tergites have undivided yellow bands and tergite 5 with two broad to narrow longitudinal yellow marks. Also they have yellow legs and apical tarsomere of fore and mid legs light brown to black and darker than basal tarsomere (Vockeroth 1992).

Length: 7.6-9.6 mm (Vockeroth 1992)


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Canada, South to California, Mexico, and Florida (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  Sphaerophoria                                        Species                                        
                    Sphaerophoria philanthus  (Meigen, 1822)