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Hoverfly April 2008-3.jpg
male Episyrphus balteatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Tribe: Syrphini
Genus: Episyrphus
Matsumura & Adachi, 1917
Type species
Musca balteata[1]
De Geer, 1776

Episyrphus is a genus of hoverflies in the subfamily Syrphinae. Larvae are predatory, often on aphids.[2] One species, E. balteatus, has a cosmopolitan distribution.[3]



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