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Female Episyrphus balteatus
Female Episyrphus balteatus


Marmelade fly
The marmelade fly (Episyrphus balteatus) is a species in the family hoverflies (Syrphidae).
Head of Marmelade Fly female
Head of Marmelade Fly female
Their appearance is eye catching. They can, however, easily be confused with wasps, as they look deceptively similar to them (mimicry). Unlike wasps, they only have one pair of wings (Diptera) and are not hairy. The marmelade fly is found from May to August in wetlands, forests and mountains all over Europe. Thelarvae feed on aphids and certain other small creatures. The adult marmelade fly lives off the nectar and pollen of many flowers and is considered a pollinator.
Head of male Marmelade Fly
Head of male Marmelade Fly
Hoverfly -  Episyrphus balteatus - front view
Hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatus - front view
Marmelade Fly female top view
Marmelade Fly female top view
Marmelade Fly male on red flower
Marmelade Fly male on red flower
Marmelade Fly view from beneath
Marmelade Fly view from beneath
Marmelade Fly flying
Marmelade Fly flying

Episyrphus (Episyrphus) balteatus
Common namesMarmalade hoverfly, Marmelade Fly, Marmalade Fly
German namesHain-Schwebfliege, Winterschwebfliege, Hainschwebfliege, Gegürtelte Schwebfliege, Winter-Schwebfliege
Dutch namesSnorzweefvlieg, Pyjamazweefvlieg
Danish namesDobbeltbåndet svirreflue
Finnish namesParvikukkakärpänen, Parvikirvari
Norwegian namesDobbeltbåndet blomsterflue
Swedish namesFlyttblomfluga
AuthorGeer, 1776
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire)), North England (Northwest England (Cheshire))))), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia))), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica)), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain (Balearic Islands (Majorca)), Portugal)), Southeast Europe (Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro (Serbia)), Bulgaria, Greece), Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia), East Europe (Ukraine)
Asia
South Asia (Nepal, India), Far East (East Asia (China (Central China (South-central China (Hong Kong))), Taiwan, Japan (Bonin Islands), Mongolia, Korea (South Korea))), West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Iran)), Central Asia (Tajikistan, Turkestan (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan)), North Asia
Caucasus
Russia
Siberia (West Siberia (West Siberian Plain), East Siberia (Amur Oblast), Russian Far East (Sakhalin Oblast (Kuril Islands, Sakhalin), Primorsky Krai), South Siberia (South Siberian mountains), Middle Siberia), Ural
Oceania
Australasia
Australia
Melanesia
Papua New Guinea
Africa
North Africa
Tunisia
America
North America
Mexico


Ecozones: Palaearctic

CountriesAustralia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Distr. infoWidespread
Links and ReferencesEpisyrphus balteatus in dyntaxa.se
Episyrphus balteatus in Wikipedia (English)

Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
1. Female Episyrphus balteatus
2. Head of Marmelade Fly female
3. Head of male Marmelade Fly
4. Hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatus - front view
5. Marmelade Fly female top view
6. Marmelade Fly male on red flower
7. Marmelade Fly view from beneath
8. Marmelade Fly flying
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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
SubfamilySyrphinae
TribeSyrphini
GenusEpisyrphus
Hover Flies
SubgenusEpisyrphus
Hover Flies
Speciesbalteatus
Episyrphus balteatus
Marmalade hoverfly, Marmelade Fly, Marmalade Fly
AuthorGeer, 1776
 
Synonyms
Epistrophe balteata
Episyrphus balteata
Episyrphus cannabinus
Episyrphus fallaciosus
Episyrphus hirayamae
Episyrphus scitule
Episyrphus scitulus
Musca alternata
Musca balteata
Musca balteatus
Musca cannabina
Musca cannabinus
Musca elegans
Musca nectarina
Musca nectarinus
Musca palustris
Musca scitule
Musca scitulus
Syrphus alternatus
Syrphus andalusiacus
Syrphus balteatus
Syrphus cretensis
Syrphus nectareus
Syrphus pleuralis
Syrphus proximus
Syrphus signatus
Syrphus triligatus
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