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9/7/16                                    Spilomyia longicornis

Another First!

Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (“Aschiza”)
Family Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Subfamily Eristalinae
Tribe Milesiini
Subtribe Milesiina
Genus Spilomyia
Species longicornis (Spilomyia longicornis)

Explanation of Names
Spilomyia longicornis Loew 1872
Size
11-15 mm
Identification
mimics Polistes or perhaps Yellowjacket. Yellow-striped abdomen. Eyes have pigment which enhances the wasp-like appearance.
Range
e. NA (QC-ON-MN to FL-TX)(1)
Season
in NA, Sep-Nov at low elevations, Jun-Oct in mountains(2)

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