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Genus Syrphus

This genus includes 11 North American species. They are multivoltine. Larvae are predators of both free-living and gall-forming aphids (Vockeroth 1992).


They have robust body with shining scutellum. This is the only genus in tribe Syrphini has long hairs on the upper surface of the lower lobe of the calypter. Their abdominal tergite 2 has pair of yellow spots and tergites 3 and 4 have entire or divided bright yellow bands (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  Syrphus                       Direct Children:                                                       Syrphus attenuatus  Hine, 1922                               Syrphus currani  Fluke, 1939                                 Syrphus dimidiatus  Macquart, 1834                           Syrphus doesburgi  Goot, 1964                                Syrphus intricatus  Vockeroth, 1983                      Syrphus knabi  Shannon, 1916                                Syrphus monoculus  (Swederus, 1787)                           Syrphus opinator  Osten Sacken, 1877                           Syrphus rectus  Osten Sacken, 1875                           Syrphus ribesii  Linnaeus                                          Syrphus sexmaculatus  (Zetterstedt, 1838)                       Syrphus sonorensis  Vockeroth, 1983                                 Syrphus torvus  Osten Sacken, 1875                                  Syrphus vitripennis  Meigen, 1822


  Syrphidis Goffe, 1933