SYRPHID FLIES Family Syrphidae See also PI. 13

Identification: A spurious vein usually present between R and M. R6 cell (and usually also M2 cell) closed. Anal cell long, closed near wing margin. Proboscis short and fleshy.

Many members of this large group are very common flies. Syrphids occur in many habitats, usually on flowers. All are good fliers, and often do a great deal of hovering. Adults vary greatly in size, color, and appearance; many are brightly colored with yellow, brown, and black; others are uniformly black or

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