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

Cheilosia illustrata (Harris, 1780)

Bunte Erzschwebfliege

Synonyms and other combinations:

Musca fulva Gmelin, 1790 | Syrphus rupestris Panzer, 1798 |

  • Cheilosia illustrata, female  531
    Cheilosia illustrata (Harris, 1780)  Bunte Erzschwebfliege   
    Cheilosia illustrata, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald; 2008-07-26 13:20:30
    Image number: 531
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald
    2008-07-26 13:20:30

  • Cheilosia illustrata, female  661
    Cheilosia illustrata (Harris, 1780)  Bunte Erzschwebfliege   
    Cheilosia illustrata, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald; 2006-08-13 13:59:17
    Image number: 661
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald
    2006-08-13 13:59:17

  • Cheilosia illustrata  532
    Cheilosia illustrata (Harris, 1780)  Bunte Erzschwebfliege   
    Cheilosia illustrata
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald; 2008-06-14 15:02:40
    Image number: 532

    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald
    2008-06-14 15:02:40

  • Cheilosia illustrata, male  561
    Cheilosia illustrata (Harris, 1780)  Bunte Erzschwebfliege   
    Cheilosia illustrata, male
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald; 2007-07-07 12:37:53
    Image number: 561
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald
    2007-07-07 12:37:53

Cheilosia illustrata belongs to the subfamily Eristalinae, tribe Rhingiini.
Fennoscandia to Spain and Ireland to western parts of Siberia.
Deciduous forest and hedgerows, pasture and meadows.
The 9 - 11 mm long Cheilosia illustrata is unmistakable due to its dense and long whitish, black and orange colored body hair. Also the eyes and the face are hairy. At the center of the wing is a dark spot.
Cheilosia illustrata flies from May to September. Adults visit a wide range of white umbelliferae (very frequent the flowers of Heracleum), Matricaria, Prunus, Rubus and Sambucus.
The larvae develop in the roots of their host plants. The species has been bred from Pastinaca sativa roots and from the rootstock of Heracleum. Larvae were also found in roots of Angelica archangelica. Cheilosia illustrata overwinters as a puparium.

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 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.
  4. Menno Reemer, Willem Renema, Wouter van Steenis, Theo Zeegers, Aat Barendregt, John T. Smit, Mark P. van Veen, Jeroen van Steenis, Laurens van der Leij: De Nederlandse Zweefvliegen (Diptera: Syrphidae), Nederlandse Fauna 8, 2009.