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

Leucozona (Leucozona) lucorum (Linnaeus, 1758)


Synonyms and other combinations:

Conops praecinctus Scopoli, 1763 | Leucozona americana Curran, 1923 | Leucozona differens Frey, 1946 | Leucozona nigripila Mik, 1888 | Syrphus asiliformis Fabricius, 1781 |

  • Leucozona cf. lucorum, female  482
    Leucozona lucorum (Linnaeus, 1758)  Weißbandschwebfliege   
    Leucozona cf. lucorum, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz; 2005-05-16 13:36:11
    Image number: 482
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz
    2005-05-16 13:36:11

  • Leucozona cf. lucorum, female  483
    Leucozona lucorum (Linnaeus, 1758)  Weißbandschwebfliege   
    Leucozona cf. lucorum, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz; 2005-05-16 13:36:28
    Image number: 483
    DE, Chemnitz, Hutholz
    2005-05-16 13:36:28

  • Leucozona lucorum, female  484
    Leucozona lucorum (Linnaeus, 1758)  Weißbandschwebfliege   
    Leucozona lucorum, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald; 2012-05-18 14:12:29
    Image number: 484
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald
    2012-05-18 14:12:29

Leucozona lucorum belongs to the subfamily Syrphinae, tribe Syrphini.
From Fennoscandia south to the Pyrenees and northern Spain; from Ireland eastwards through Eurasia to the Pacific coast (Sakhalin and Kuril Islands); Japan; in North America, from Alaska south to Oregon and New York.
Moist deciduous forest, scrub woodland and hedgerows, moist flower-rich grassland.
Body length 10 - 12 mm; wing with a medial black spot; thorax dull, orange hairy, without lateral yellow stripes; abdomen black with a light broad band on tergit 2, sometimes interrupted shortly in the middle; female: abdomen oval, band on tergit 2 velvety white; male: abdomen oblong, band on tergit 2 blue-gray.
A similar species occurring in Central Europe is Leucozona inopinata which has black hair on abdominal tergit 4. In Leucozona lucorum the hair is white to pale yellow.
Leucozona lucorum flies in one generation from Mai to July.
Larvae feed on aphids.

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: Bestimmungsschlüssel für 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.
  5. Speight, M.C.D. & Sarthou, J.-P. (2014) StN keys for the identification of the European species of various genera of Syrphidae (Diptera) 2014 / Clés StN pour la détermination des espèces Européennes de plusieurs genres des Syrphidae (Diptères) 2014. Syrph the Net, the database of European Syrphidae, Vol. 80, 125 pp, Syrph the Net publications, Dublin