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Myathropa florea - Female
Myathropa florea - Female

Myathropa florea
Myathropa florea is a species of the family hoverflies (Syrphidae). This species is called "Totenkopffliege" (skull fly) in German, because of the marking on the mesonotum which resembles a skull and therefore makes it unmistakable.
Myathropa florea - Side view
Myathropa florea - Side view
Adult Myathropa florea reach body lengths of 10 - 14 mm. Their antennae are black, their eyes are hairy, and their faces have black vertical stripes. The abdomen is black with large yellow spots on the sides. The legs have yellowish and black markings and the wings are brownish in colour. The females have a black forehead and yellow spots on their cheeks. Another characteristic of this fly, is its seemingly chaotic flight behaviour, throughout which it buzzes loudly.
Myathropa florea - Rear view
Myathropa florea - Rear view
This hoverfly is found in Europe, Central Asia and North Africa from April to September. It mainly lives in gardens, where it can be found on Apiaceae or Umbelliferae (hogweeds, carrots etc). Its larvae develop in small, muddy bodies of water, but also in rotting holes filled with water in the branches of trees.
Rear view of a Hoverfly Myathropa florea
Rear view of a Hoverfly Myathropa florea
Myathropa florea - Male - Rear view
Myathropa florea - Male - Rear view

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1. Myathropa florea - Female
2. Myathropa florea - Side view
3. Myathropa florea - Rear view
4. Rear view of a Hoverfly Myathropa florea
5. Myathropa florea - Male - Rear view
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