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 (female)

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Platycheirus albimanus (male)


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Melanostoma scalare (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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Parasyrphus punctulatus


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Sphaerophoria (male)

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Sphaerophoria (male)


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Eriozona syrphoides


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Chrysotoxum bicinctum

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Chrysotoxum arcuatum


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Leucozona glaucia (female)

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Leucozona glaucia (male)

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Leucozona lucorum

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Leucozona laternaria


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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)

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Syrphus torvus (male)


Sub-family: ERISTALINAE


Tribe: ERISTALINI


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Eristalis pertinax

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Eristalis horticola

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Eristalis intricaria

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Eristalis arbustorum

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Eristalis rupium


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Helophilus pendulus

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Helophilus trivittatus


Sub-family: ERISTALINAE


Tribe: ERISTALINI


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Eristalinus sepulchralis


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: VOLLUCELLINI


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Volucella pellucens


Sub-family: ERISTALINAE


Tribe: CHEILOSIINI


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Cheilosia fraterna

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Cheilosia illustrata

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Cheilosia grossa


Sub-family: ERISTALINAE


Tribe: XYLOTINI


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Xylota segnis (male)


Useful links: The Society for the study of flies