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Helophilus pendulus
Helophilus pendulus


Helophilus pendulus
Helophilus pendulus belong to the family hoverflies (Syrphidae) in the order two-winged flies (Diptera). This species is widespread in Europe and Asia.
Hoverfly - Helophilus pendulus
Hoverfly - Helophilus pendulus
Adult Helophilus pendulus reach body lengths of 10 - 14 mm. Their faces are yellow and have a wide black stripe in the middle. The antennae are black with yellow bristles. The thorax is black with 4 longitudinal yellow stripes. The scutellum is brown. Helophilus pendulus have pale wings with a dark patch at the edge. The wings have a slight brownish tint. The abdomen has a black base colour and a striking marking on its surface in yellow, white, red and brown. The legs of Helophilus pendulus are yellow, with black and red sequences. The hind legs are broader.
Helophilus pendulus mating
Helophilus pendulus mating
The adults are found at almost all altitudes and in most habitats (though wet habitats are preferred) and they move around a lot. From July to October they migrate in a southwestern or southern direction.
Hoverflies mating - Helophilus pendulus
Hoverflies mating - Helophilus pendulus
The larvae of Helophilus pendulus are called rat-tailed maggots and live in muddy waters (including slurry pits) where they feed on rotting organic substrates. They breathe through a long ‘snorkel’ attached to the end of their abdomen which runs to the surface of the water.

Helophilus (Helophilus) pendulus
German namesSchmuckschwebfliege, Gemeine Sumpfschwebfliege, Gemeine Sonnenschwebfliege
Dutch namesGewone Pendelvlieg
Danish namesAlmindelig sumpsvirreflue
Finnish namesKeltasäärihelosurri
Norwegian namesVanlig solflue
Swedish namesPendelblomfluga
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (North England (Northwest England (Cheshire))))), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland (Åland Islands)), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)), Iceland), South Europe (Italy (North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain)), West Europe (France, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)), Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia), East Europe (Ukraine)
Caucasus
Armenia
Asia
Far East (East Asia (Mongolia)), West Asia (Near East (Iran)), Central Asia (Turkestan (Kazakhstan)), North Asia
Russia
Siberia (West Siberia (West Siberian Plain), East Siberia (Amur Oblast), Russian Far East (Sakhalin Oblast (Kuril Islands, Sakhalin), Primorsky Krai, Kamchatka), South Siberia (South Siberian mountains), Middle Siberia), Ural
Oceania
Polynesia
New Zealand
America
North America
Canada


Distribution by Synonymus:
Helophilus trilineatus   New Zealand
CountriesArmenia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesHelophilus pendulus in dyntaxa.se
Helophilus pendulus in Wikipedia (English)

Description of images / photos
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1. Helophilus pendulus
2. Hoverfly - Helophilus pendulus
3. Helophilus pendulus mating
4. Hoverflies mating - Helophilus pendulus
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderDiptera
True flies, Mosquitoes, Gnats, Flies
SuborderBrachycera
Short-horned flies, Muscoid flies, Circular-seamed flies, Flies
InfraorderMuscomorpha
SectionAschiza
SuperfamilySyrphoidea
FamilySyrphidae
Rat-tailed Maggots, Hoverflies, Hover flies, Drone flies, Flower flies, Syrphid flies
SubfamilyEristalinae
TribeEristalini
SubtribeHelophiliina
GenusHelophilus
SubgenusHelophilus
Speciespendulus
Helophilus pendulus
AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
 
Synonyms
H. similis
H. trelineatus
H. trilenvus
H. trilineatus
Helophilus similis
Helophilus trelineatus
Helophilus trilenvus
Helophilus trilineatus
Helophilus turanicus
Musca pendula
Musca pendulus
Musca trelineata
Musca trelineatus
Musca trileniata
Musca trilenva
Musca trilenvus
Musca trilineata
Musca trilineatus
Syrphus praecox
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