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

Leucozona (Ischyrosyrphus) laternaria (Müller, 1776)

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Synonyms and other combinations:

Karasyrphus sachalinensis Matsumura, 1918 | Scaeva mutata Zetterstedt, 1849 | Scaeva nyctheinera Gravenhorst, 1807 |

  • Leucozona laternaria, female  4783
    Leucozona laternaria (Müller, 1776)  Weiße Breitbandschwebfliege   
    Leucozona laternaria, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald; 2011-07-23 11:15:44
    Image number: 4783
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald
    2011-07-23 11:15:44

  • Leucozona laternaria, female  4784
    Leucozona laternaria (Müller, 1776)  Weiße Breitbandschwebfliege   
    Leucozona laternaria, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald; 2011-07-23 11:15:55
    Image number: 4784
    DE, Chemnitz, Zeisigwald
    2011-07-23 11:15:55

Leucozona laternaria belongs to the subfamily Syrphinae, tribe Syrphini.
From Fennoscandia south to the Pyrenees; from Ireland east through northern and central Europe into Turkey and European parts of Russia; through Siberia to the Pacific coast (Kuril Isles); Japan.
Deciduous forest, wetland; near streams and standing water, in places with a well-developed herb and shrub layer.
Body length 9 - 11 mm; wings with dark stigma on the front edge; eyes hairy; thorax dull, without yellow side stripes; scutellum black with yellow trailing edge; abdomen with black base color, oblong, 2. abdominal tergit with wide pale band, interrupted in the middle, 3rd and 4th tergits with narrow pale spots.
A similar species occurring in Germany is Leucozona glaucia. This has a yellow scutellum. In Leucozona laternaria the scutellum is black with a yellow trailing edge.
Leucozona laternaria flies in one generation from June to August. Adults visit the flowers of white umbellifers, Cirsium arvense, Convolvulus and Filipendula ulmaria.
Larvae of the species were found on Angelica. Larvae feed on aphids.
Some authors consider Ischyrosyrphus not as a subgenus, but as a genus.

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