Platycheirus angustatus

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Platycheirus angustatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Genus: Platycheirus
Subgenus: Platycheirus
Species: P. angustatus
Binomial name
Platycheirus angustatus
(Zetterstedt, 1843)

Platycheirus angustatus is a species of hoverfly. It is found in many parts of the Palearctic, and in the Nearctic.[1][2][3][4]


External images For terms, see: Morphology of Diptera.

Wing length: 5–7 mm (0.20–0.28 in). Notopleurae and anepisternum shiny. Tergites 2 and 3 are much longer than wide; spots on tergite 3 at least 4/5 length of tergite; femur 1: some long black hairs suddenly bent at tip. The male genitalia are figured by Goeldlin et al (1990).[5] The larva is described and figured by Rotheray (1988) [6] See references for determination.[7] [8] [9] [10]


Palearctic: Fennoscandia south to North Spain, Ireland east through North Europe and Central Europe, European Russia to Siberia and the Pacific coast (Sakhalin Is.) Nearctic: Alaska to Quebec and south to Washington.[11] [12] [13]


Habitat: wetland fen, marsh unimproved grassland subject to seasonal flooding.[14] Flowers visited include Cyperaceae, Graminae, Aegopodium, Leontodon, Lycopus europaeus, Polygonum cuspidatum, Ranunculus, Rubus fruticosus. Flies May to September. The larva feeds on aphids.


  1. ^ Ball, Stuart; Morris, Roger (2013). Britain's Hoverflies: An Introduction to the Hoverflies of Britain. Woodstock, Oxfordshire: Princeton University Press. pp. 296pp. ISBN 978-0-691-15659-0. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Stubbs, Alan E.; Falk, Steven J (1983). British Hoverflies: An Illustrated Identification Guide (2nd ed.). London: British Entomological and Natural History Society. pp. 253, xvpp. ISBN 1-899935-03-7. 
  4. ^ Van Veen, M.P. (2004). Hoverflies of Northwest Europe, Identification Keys to the Syrphidae (Hardback). Utrecht: KNNV Publishing. p. 254. ISBN 90-5011-199-8. 
  5. ^ Goeldlin de Tiefenau, P., Maibach, A. & Speight, M.C.D. (1990) Sur quelques especes de Platycheirus (Diptera, Syrphidae) nouvelles ou meconnues. Dipterists Digest, 5: 19-44.
  6. ^ Rotheray, G. E. 1988. Third stage larvae of six species of aphidophagous Syrphidae (Diptera). Entomologist's Gazette, 39, 153-159.
  7. ^ Van Veen, M. (2004). Hoverflies of Northwest Europe: identification keys to the Syrphidae. 256pp. KNNV Publishing, Utrecht.addendum
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Coe, R.L. (1953). "Diptera: Syrphidae". Handbks. ident. Br. insects 10(1): 1-98. R. ent. Soc. London. pdf
  11. ^ Fauna Europaea.
  12. ^ Peck, L.V. (1988). "Syrphidae". In: Soos, A. & Papp, L. (eds.) Catalogue of Palaearctic Diptera, 8: 11-230. Akad. Kiado, Budapest.
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ Speight, M.C.D. (2011). "Species accounts of European Syrphidae (Diptera)" (PDF). Syrph the Net, the database of European Syrphidae. 65: 285pp.