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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

Myathropa florea
German namesTotenkopfschwebfliege, Gemeine Dolden-Schwebfliege
Dutch namesDoodskopzweefvlieg
Danish namesDødningehoved-svirreflue
Finnish namesMesikärpänen, Mesisurri
Swedish namesDödskallefluga
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758
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, Latvia))), West Europe (Austria, France, Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)), Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic), Southeast Europe (Bulgaria, Greece)
Asia
West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Iran)), Far East (East Asia (Japan))
Russia
Africa
North Africa
Tunisia
America
North America
USA


CountriesAustria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesMyathropa florea in dyntaxa.se
Myathropa florea in Wikipedia (English)

Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
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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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
GenusMyathropa
Speciesflorea
Myathropa florea
AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
 
Synonyms
Musca ablecta
Musca florea
Myathropa ablecta
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