Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of hoverflies (Syrphidae)

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz


The keys and descriptions were generated from a DELTA database (Dallwitz 1980; Dallwitz, Paine, and Zurcher 1993).


Conventional key • Interactive key, including interactive information retrieval • Hints on using the interactive key

The interactive key allows free choice of characters, is easy to use, and can lead to correct identifications in spite of occasional errors. It can display all the illustrations, full and partial descriptions, diagnostic descriptions, differences and similarities between taxa, lists of taxa exhibiting or lacking specified attributes, and distributions of character states within any set of taxa.

Character list •  General morphology of hoverflies • Implicit attributes

Notes on John Curtis’s British Entomology • Updated insect names for John Curtis’s British Entomology • Updated plant names for John Curtis’s British Entomology • Notes on the scanning of the images

Poems on insects by Giles Watson

Acknowledgements • References • Citation • Contacts, conditions of use, contributions


These descriptions are offered for casual browsing only. We strongly advise against extracting comparative information from them. This is much more easily achieved using the interactive key.

The bold parts in the descriptions are diagnostic descriptions, generated with the aid of Intkey (Dallwitz, Paine, and Zurcher 1995). They distinguish most taxa in at least one respect from the other taxa.

• Anasimyia Schiner • Arctophila Schiner

• Baccha Fabricius • Blera Billberg • Brachyopa Meigen • Brachypalpoides Hippa • Brachypalpus Macquart

• Caliprobola Rondani • Callicera Panzer • Ceriana Rafinesque • Chalcosyrphus Curran • Chamaesyrphus Mik • Cheilosia Meigen • Chrysogaster Meigen • Chrysotoxum Meigen • Criorhina Meigen

• Dasysyrphus Enderlein • Didea Macquart • Doros Meigen

• Epistrophe Walker • Episyrphus Matsumura & Adachi • Eriozona Schiner • Eristalinus Rondani • Eristalis Latreille • Eumerus Meigen • Eupeodes Osten Sacken

• Ferdinandea Rondani

• Hammerschmidtia Schummel • Helophilus Meigen • Heringia Rondani

• Lejogaster Rondani • Lejops Rondani • Leucozona Schiner

• Mallota Meigen • Melangyna Verrall • Melanogaster Rondani • Melanostoma Schiner • Meligramma Frey • Meliscaeva Frey • Merodon Meigen • Microdon Meigen • Myathropa Rondani • Myolepta Newman

• Neoascia Williston

• Orthonevra Macquart

• Paragus Latreille • Parasyrphus Matsumura • Parhelophilus Girschner • Pelecocera Meigen • Pipiza Fallén • Pipizella Rondani • Platycheirus Lepeletier & Serville • Pocota Lepeletier & Serville • Portevinia Goffe • Psilota Meigen

• Riponnensia Mailbach, Goeldlin de Tiefenau & Speight • Rhingia Scopoli

• Scaeva Fabricius • Sericomyia Meigen • Sphaerophoria Lepeletier & Serville • Sphegina Meigen • Syritta Lepeletier & Serville • Syrphus Fabricius

• Trichopsomyia Williston • Triglyphus Loew • Tropidia Meigen

• Volucella Geoffroy

• Xanthandrus Verrall • Xanthogramma Schiner • Xylota Meigen

Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of hoverflies (Syrphidae). Version: 28th July 2015.’.

Insect groups treated separately in the ‘Insects of Britain and Ireland’ package

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