Leucozona lucorum

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Leucozona lucorum
Leuco.lucorum male.jpg
Leucozona lucorum - female.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Genus: Leucozona
Subgenus: Leucozona
Species: L. lucorum
Binomial name
Leucozona lucorum
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Leucozona lucorum is a Palearctic and Nearctic species of hoverfly.[1][2][3]


External images For terms see Morphology of Diptera
Wing length 7 ·75–10 mm.Face yellow-dusted either side of shining black median area.Thorax yellowish-green with long reddish hairs.Scutellum yellow.Abdomen black with long and abundant, partly pale yellow or whitish yellow and partly black hairs.Wings with a conspicuous brown spot.The male genitalia and the larva are described and figured by Dusek & Laska (1967)The male genitalia and larva are figured by Dusek and Laska (1967).[4] The larva is figured in colour by Rotheray (1994).[5] See references for determination.[6] [7] [8][9]


Palearctic from Fennoscandia South to the Pyrenees and North Spain.Ireland East through North and Central Europe into Turkey and European Russia, Russian Far East and Siberia and the Pacific coast (Kuril Islands and Japan).Nearctic from Alaska South to Oregon and New York. [10][11]

Habitat in Italy


Habitat:Deciduous forest, scrub woodland and hedgerows, unimproved montane grassland. Clearings, tracksides.[12] Flowers visited include white umbellifers, Acer pseudoplatanus, Centaurea, Cirsium palustre, Euphorbia, Filipendula, Polygonum cuspidatum, Rubus, Sorbus aucuparia, Taraxacum.[13] The flight period is May to August.The larvae feed on aphids on ground flora.


  1. ^ Ball, S.G.; Morris, R.K.A. (2000). Provisional atlas of British hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae). Monks Wood, UK: Biological Record Centre. pp. 167 pages. ISBN 1-870393-54-6. 
  2. ^ Morris, Roger, K. A. (1999). Hoverflies of Surrey. Surrey Wildlife Trust. p. 244. ISBN 0-9526065-3-4. 
  3. ^ Stubbs, Alan E.; Falk, Steven J. (1983). British Hoverflies: An Illustrated Identification Guide. British Entomological & Natural History Society. p. 253, xvpp. 
  4. ^ Dusek, J. & Laska, P. (1967) Versuch zum aufbau eines Naturlichen Systems mitteleuropaischer Arten der Unterfamilie Syrphinae (Diptera). Acta sc.nat.Brno, 1: 349-390.
  5. ^ Rotheray G., 1993 Colour Guide to Hoverfly Larvae Diptera, Syrphidae in Britain and Europe Dipterists Forum pdf
  6. ^ Van Veen, M. (2004) Hoverflies of Northwest Europe: identification keys to the Syrphidae. 256pp. KNNV Publishing, Utrecht.addendum
  7. ^ Van der Goot,V.S. (1981) De zweefvliegen van Noordwest - Europa en Europees Rusland, in het bijzonder van de Benelux. KNNV, Uitgave no.32: 275pp. Amsterdam.
  8. ^ Bei-Bienko, G.Y. & Steyskal, G.C. (1988) Keys to the Insects of the European Part of the USSR, Volume V: Diptera and Siphonaptera, Part I. Amerind Publishing Co., New Delhi. ISBN 81-205-0080-6.
  9. ^ Coe, R.L. (1953) Diptera: Syrphidae. Handbks.ident.Br.insects, 10(1): 1-98. R.ent.Soc.London. pdf
  10. ^ Fauna Europaea
  11. ^ Vockeroth, J. R. (1992). The Flower Flies of the Subfamily Syrphinae of Canada, Alaska, and Greenland (Diptera: Syrphidae). Part 18. The Insects and Arachnids of Canada. Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Government Pub Centre. pp. 1–456. ISBN 0-660-13830-1. 
  12. ^ Speight, M.C.D. (2011). "Species accounts of European Syrphidae (Diptera)" (PDF). Syrph the Net, the database of European Syrphidae. 65: 285pp. 
  13. ^ de Buck, N. (1990) Bloembezoek en bestuivingsecologie van Zweefvliegen (Diptera, Syrphidae) in het bijzonder voor België. Doc.Trav. IRSNB, no.60, 1-167.