|I thought it will be easy to identify this syrphus with its yellow spot on the head, but even if I bought a book on insects and spent a lot of time on the web, I did not find it. It is a search for Paul... again.|
The blue on the wings is a reflection from my coat. I put another shot of the same individual without reflexion in my workshops.
The syrphus belong to the order of the dipterous ones which also includes the flies, mosquitos, flies with roe-deer, etc.
The family of the syrphus includes approximately 950 species in North America.
They are often of black and yellow colouring, and, according to species, more or less hairy. Some are uniformly black or brown. Their size varies few millimetres to approximately 2 cm. Several resemble in a way seizing the bees, wasps or bumblebees. Contrary to the latter, the syrphus do not have a dart and cannot prick.
The eyes are large and seem to cover all the head.
The shape of the larvae varies according to species. They can be of maggot type and generally greenish, or watery with the posterior end prolonged in a long respiratory tube resembling a tail of rat, or ovals and flattened...