Eristalinus megacephalus

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Eristalinus megacephalus
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Scientific classification
E. megacephalus[1]
Binomial name
Eristalinus megacephalus
Rossi, 1794[2]
  • Eristalis fasciatus Germar, 1844
  • Eristalis laetus Wiedemann, 1830
  • Eristalis obscuritarsis Meijere, 1908
  • Eristalis pallinevris Macquart, 1842
  • Eristalis quinquefasciatus Schiner, 1849
  • Eristalis quinquevittatus Macquart, 1849
  • Eristalis ridens Walker, 1849
  • Lathyrophthalmus ishigakiensis Shiraki, 1968

Eristalinus megacephalus is a species of hoverfly.


Eristalinus megacephalus has a black abdomen and golden horizontal stripes larger in males. It has a black thorax,[3] legs with black tips, transparent, flexible wings, a large head and golden compound eyes with pale purple spots.[4] Being about 8–11 mm long,[5] it is a good pollinator, and uses Batesian mimicry to look like hymenopteran bees and scare away predators.[6] Its appearance is also similar to bee flies (family Bombyliidae).[7] The species is listed in 2: 63 of Rossi's publication Mantissa insectorum.[8] There are no subspecies. It is the rarest species of the genus Eristalinus, and is common but not abundant.

The species's flight period is from May to October, and is most plentiful from June to July.[9]


E. megacephalus can be found in most countries, including South Africa, Egypt, Sri Lanka, China, Taiwan, India, Java, Guam, Southern Spain, Turkey, North Africa, Iran, and coastal parts of Italy.[10]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Animal Diversity Web: Eristalinus megacephalus". 2014 Regents of the University of Michigan. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  2. ^ "The World of Syrphidae: Eristalinus megacephalus Rossi, 1994". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  3. ^ "African Wild Insect Book Flies Photos & Descriptions" (PDF). phpBB Group. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Biodiversidad Costa Granadina: Eristalinus megacephalus (Spanish)". Biodiversidad Costa Granadina. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Biosystematic Studies of Ceylonese Wasps, XVII" (PDF). The Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Animalandia: Eristalinus megacephalus, Rossi, 1794 (Spanish)". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  7. ^ "blipfoto: Eristalinus megacephalus". Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Introduction to Hover Flies" (PDF). Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  9. ^ "A survey of the hoverflies of northeastern Algeria" (PDF). Egyptian British Biological Society. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Global Species: Eristalinus megacephalus". Myers Enterprises II 2009-2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.

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