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

Epistrophe melanostoma/nitidicollis

  • Epistrophe melanostoma/nitidicollis, female  5127
    Epistrophe melanostoma/nitidicollis     
    Epistrophe melanostoma/nitidicollis, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Harthwald; 2011-04-22 12:52:10
    Image number: 5127
    DE, Chemnitz, Harthwald
    2011-04-22 12:52:10

  • Epistrophe melanostoma/nitidicollis, male  591
    Epistrophe melanostoma/nitidicollis     
    Epistrophe melanostoma/nitidicollis, male
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald; 2006-05-20 15:01:13
    Image number: 591
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald
    2006-05-20 15:01:13

Epistrophe melanostoma/nitidicollis belongs to the subfamily Syrphinae, tribe Syrphini.
The two species differ in the color of the hairs on the scutellum and in the covering of the wings with microtrichia.
Epistrophe melanostoma: Scutellum yellow-haired, wings completely covered with microtrichia.
Epistrophe nitidicollis: Scutellum predominantly black-haired, on the 1st basal and other wing cells there are usually areas without microtrichia.

References, further reading, links:
  1. 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.