Diptera - Syrphidae

There are about 250 species of hover-fly in the British Isles and many of them mimic the markings of bees and wasps, although they are easily distinguished by the much shorter antennae. They largely fall into two sub-families: Syrphinae and Eristalinae.


Sub-family: SYRPHINAE


Tribe: BACCHINI


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Platycheirus albimanus

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Platycheirus


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Melanostoma (female)

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Melanostoma (male)


Sub-family: SYRPHINAE


Tribe: SYRPHINI


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Episyrphus balteatus

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Episyrphus balteatus


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Sphaerophoria (male)

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Sphaerophoria (male)


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Leucozona glaucia (female)

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Leucozona glaucia (male)


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Eupeodes corollae (male)


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Melangyna (female)

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Melangyna lasiophthalma (female)


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Meliscaeva cinctella (male)

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Meliscaeva cinctella (female)

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Meliscaeva auricollis


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Syrphus ribesii (male)

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Syrphus ribesii (female)


Sub-family: ERISTALINAE


Tribe: ERISTALINI


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Eristalis pertinax

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Eristalis horticola

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Eristalis intricarius


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Helophilus trivittatus

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Helophilus trivittatus


Sub-family: ERISTALINAE


Tribe: SERICOMYIINI


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Sericomyia lappona (male)


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Sericomyia silentis (female)

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Sericomyia silentis (male)

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Sericomyia silentis (male)


Sub-family: ERISTALINAE


Tribe: CHEILOSIINI


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Cheilosia fraterna

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Cheilosia illustrata


Sub-family: ERISTALINAE


Tribe: XYLOTINI


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Xylota segnis (male)


Useful links: The Society for the study of flies