Diptera - Syrphidae

There are about 250 species of hoverfly 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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Chrysotoxum bicinctum

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Chrysotoxum arcuatum


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Sphaerophoria scripta (male)

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Sphaerophoria (female)


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Eriozona syrphoides


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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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Dasysyrphus albostriatus (female)

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Dasysyrphus venustus agg. (female)


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Didea fasciata (female)


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Scaeva pyrastri (female)


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Eupeodes corollae (male)

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Eupeodes latifasciatus (female)


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Melangyna compositarum/labiatarum (male)

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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 (female)


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Episyrphus balteatus

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Episyrphus balteatus


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Parasyrphus punctulatus


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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: CHEILOSIINI


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Cheilosia fraterna

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Cheilosia illustrata

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Cheilosia variabilis

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Cheilosia grossa

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Cheilosia albitarsis agg.

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Cheilosia bergenstammi


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Ferdinandea cuprea

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Rhingia campestris


Sub-family: ERISTALINAE


Tribe: CHRYSOGASTRINI


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Neoascia sp.

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Sphegina sibirica

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Sphegina sibirica


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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Eristalis nemorum


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Eristalinus sepulchralis


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Anasimyia sp.


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Helophilus pendulus

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Helophilus trivittatus


Tribe: MERODONTINI


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Merodon equestris


Tribe: SERICOMYIINI


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Sericomyia lappona (male)

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Sericomyia silentis (female)

Sub-family: ERISTALINAE


Tribe: VOLLUCELLINI


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Volucella pellucens


Sub-family: ERISTALINAE


Tribe: XYLOTINI


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Tropidia scita (male)

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Xylota segnis (male)

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Xylota jakutorum (male)


Useful links: The Society for the study of flies