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Page Last Updated: September 1 2017
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American? Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Eupeodes (Metasyrphus)
Species: Americanus?
Helophilus Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Helophilus
Species: Fasciatus?
Toxomerus geminatus Hover Fly - approx. 7 mm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Toxomerus
Species: Geminatus
Allograpta Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Allograpta
Species: Obliqua
Sphaerophoria Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Sphaerophoria
Species: ?
Platycheirus? Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Platycheirus? Melanostoma?
Species: ?
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Updated March 22 2015
23 species
Transverse Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Eristalis
Species: Transversa
Narcissus Bulb Fly - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Merodon
Species: Equestris
Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Species: ?
Temnostoma Fly - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Temnostoma
Species: Barberi?
Eristalis arbustorum Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Eristalis
Species: Arbustorum
Bright yellow scutellum is characteristic of this Eristalis
species
Eristalis Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Eristalis
Species: Tenax?
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Spilomyia Fly - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Spilomyia
Species: Longicornis?
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
The scutellum of T. geminatus is blackish with a yellow
border while that of the similar T. marginatus (see below) is
yellowish or brownish or a diffuse mixture of both - T.
marginatus has a thin, continuous yellow margin on the
abdomen
Genus: Sphaerophoria?
Toxomerus marginatus Hover Fly - approx. 6 mm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Toxomerus
Species: Marginatus
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
The scutellum of T. geminatus (see above) is blackish with
a yellow border while that of the similar T. marginatus is
yellowish or brownish or a diffuse mixture of both - T.
marginatus has a thin, continuous yellow margin on the
abdomen
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Melanostoma? Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Melanostoma? Platycheirus?
Species: ?
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Updated June 10 2012
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated June 26 2012
Hover Fly - approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Epistrophe?
Species: ?
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Eristalis Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Eristalis
Species: Dimidiata? Stipator?
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Sericomyia
Species: Chrysotoxoides
S. chalcopyga is similar but the yellow bands are not
angled upwards - Chrysotoxum species (see below) are
similar but have longer
antennae
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated March 23 2013
Bird Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Eupeodes (Metasyrphus)
Species: Volucris
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Similar to Scaeva pyrastri
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Updated February 10 2013
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Updated February 10 2013
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Updated March 22 2013
Spilomyia Fly - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Spilomyia
Species: Sayi
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Syrphid Fly (Brachypalpus) - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Brachypalpus
Species: Oarus
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated July 21 2014
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Updated June 27 2013
Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Chrysotoxum
Species: ?
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated July 13 2014
Syrphid Fly  (Chalcosyrphus) - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Chalcosyrphus
Species: Chalybeus
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Syrphid Fly larva - approx. 1 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: ?
Species: ?
Desiccated remains of aphids below larva
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated June 28 2013
American? Hover (Flower) Fly on New England Aster - approx. 1.2 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - September 2007
Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1.2 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - September 2007
Toxomerus geminatus Hover Fly - approx. 7 mm - East Don Valley (Charles Sauriol Conservation Area) - August 2007
Allograpta Hover (Flower) Fly on New England Aster - approx. 1 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - September 2008
Sphaerophoria Hover (Flower) Fly on Field Bindweed - approx. 1 cm - Beaver Creek (Richmond Hill) - July 2009
Platycheirus? Hover (Flower) Fly on Tall Buttercup - approx. 1 cm - High Park - August 2007
Transverse Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1 cm - High Park - July 2011
Narcissus Bulb Fly - approx. 1.5 cm - Jack Darling Park (Mississauga) - May 2009
Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1 cm - Leslie Spit - June 2008
Temnostoma Fly - approx. 1.5 cm - Toronto Islands - May 2010
Eristalis arbustorum Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - May 2009
Eristalis Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1.2 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - August 2008
Spilomyia Fly - approx. 1.5 cm - Toronto Islands - September 2011
Toxomerus marginatus Hover Fly - approx. 6 mm - Beaver Creek (Richmond Hill) - June 2008
Hover Fly on Canada Goldenrod - approx. 1.2 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - August 2007
Eristalis Hover (Flower) Fly - approx. 1.2 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - September 2008
Hover (Flower) Fly on Japanese Knotweed - approx. 1 cm - West Don Valley (E.T. Seton Park) - September 2012
Bird Hover (Flower) Fly on Field Bindweed - approx. 1 cm - Beaver Creek (Richmond Hill) - June 2008
Spilomyia Fly - approx. 1.5 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - September 2008
Syrphid Fly (Brachypalpus) - approx. 1.5 cm - Thorncliffe Park - May 2014
Hover (Flower) Fly on Indian Hemp - approx. 1.2 cm - Thorncliffe Park - July 2014
Syrphid Fly larva with Mealy Plum aphids on Common Reed (Phragmites) - approx. 1 cm - East Don Valley (Milne Hollow) - June 2013
Syrphid Fly (Chalcosyrphus) - approx. 1.5 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - June 2009
Melanostoma? Hover (Flower) Fly on Wild Grape - approx. 1 cm - Thorncliffe Park - June 2012
Syrphid Fly larva - approx. 1 cm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: ?
Species: ?
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Syrphid Fly larva on Common Tansy - approx. 1 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - June 2009
Subfamily: Syrphinae? (aphid eaters)
Mimic of several steely-blue coloured wasps such as the
Blue Mud Wasp
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Updated January 15 2017
Orthonevra nitida - approx. 6 mm
Order: Diptera (Flies)
Family: Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus: Orthonevra
Species: Nitida
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Orthonevra nitida - approx. 6 mm - High Park - August 2017