Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods) ➔ Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods) ➔ Class Insecta (Insects) ➔ Order Diptera (True flies) ➔ Family Syrphidae (Hoverflies)

Baccha elongata (Fabricius, 1775)

Gemeine Schattenschwebfliege

Synonyms and other combinations:

Baccha abbreviata Meigen, 1822 | Baccha angusta Osten Sacken, 1877 | Baccha cognata Loew, 1863 | Baccha karpatica Violovitsh, 1976 | Baccha klugii Meigen, 1830 | Baccha nigricornis Schummel, 1841 | Baccha nigripennis Meigen, 1822 | Baccha obscuricornis Loew, 1863 | Baccha scutellata Meigen, 1822 | Baccha sphegina Meigen, 1822 | Baccha tabida Meigen, 1822 | Baccha tricincta Bigot, 1884 | Baccha vitripennis Meigen, 1822 | Musca erratica Scopoli, 1763 |

  • Baccha elongata, male  3400
    Baccha elongata (Fabricius, 1775)  Gemeine Schattenschwebfliege   
    Baccha elongata, male
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald; 2010-05-08 10:03:09
    Image number: 3400
    male
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald
    2010-05-08 10:03:09

  • Baccha elongata, female  5308
    Baccha elongata (Fabricius, 1775)  Gemeine Schattenschwebfliege   
    Baccha elongata, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz; 2012-05-14 13:53:08
    Image number: 5308
    female
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz
    2012-05-14 13:53:08

  • Baccha elongata, female  6315
    Baccha elongata (Fabricius, 1775)  Gemeine Schattenschwebfliege   
    Baccha elongata, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz; 2013-08-21 16:19:53
    Image number: 6315
    female
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz
    2013-08-21 16:19:53

  • Baccha elongata, female  8061
    Baccha elongata (Fabricius, 1775)  Gemeine Schattenschwebfliege   
    Baccha elongata, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz; 2017-08-14 11:42:52
    Image number: 8061
    female
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz
    2017-08-14 11:42:52

  • Baccha elongata, female  8062
    Baccha elongata (Fabricius, 1775)  Gemeine Schattenschwebfliege   
    Baccha elongata, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz; 2017-08-14 11:42:37
    Image number: 8062
    female
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz
    2017-08-14 11:42:37

  • Baccha elongata, female  8063
    Baccha elongata (Fabricius, 1775)  Gemeine Schattenschwebfliege   
    Baccha elongata, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz; 2017-08-14 11:42:07
    Image number: 8063
    female
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz
    2017-08-14 11:42:07


Classification:
Baccha elongata belongs to the subfamily Syrphinae, tribe Bacchini.
Distribution:
Holarctic.
Habitat:
Moist and shady deciduous and coniferous forests, more common in lower altitudes.
Description:
Extremely slender species with a body length of 7 - 11 mm. The eyes of the males are touching.
Baccha may be confused with Sphegina but is much larger and slimmer.
Biology:
Baccha elongata flies in 2 generations from April to June and from July to September or October. The imagines visit flowers of daisy family (Asteraceae), rose plants (Rosaceae) and umbelliferae (Apiaceae). The larvae live on herbaceous plants and feed on leaf lice and scale insects.

References, further reading, links:
  1. Pape T. & Thompson F.C. (eds) (2017). Systema Dipterorum (version 2.0, Jan 2011). In: Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 2017 Annual Checklist (Roskov Y., Abucay L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Bailly N., Kirk P.M., Bourgoin T., DeWalt R.E., Decock W., De Wever A., Nieukerken E. van, Zarucchi J., Penev L., eds.). Digital resource at www.catalogueoflife.org/annual-checklist/2017. Species 2000: Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands. ISSN 2405-884X.
  2. Gerald Bothe: Bestimmungsschl├╝ssel f├╝r die Schwebfliegen (Diptera, Syrphidae) Deutschlands und der Niederlande, DJN, 1984, ISBN 3-923376-07-3
  3. M.C.D.Speight: Species Accounts of European Syrphidae (Diptera), Glasgow 2011, Syrph the Net, the database of European Syrphidae, vol. 65, 285 pp., Syrph the Net publications, Dublin.