Platycheirus manicatus

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Platycheirus manicatus
Platycheirus.manicatus fem.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Genus: Platycheirus
Subgenus: Platycheirus
Species: P. manicatus
Binomial name
Platycheirus manicatus
(Meigen, 1822)
  • Platycheirus ciliger Loew, 1856
  • Syrphus manicatus Meigen, 1822
Platycheirus manicatus, female hovering

Platycheirus manicatus is a species of hoverfly. It is found across the Palearctic and in Alaska.[1][2][3][4][5]


External images For terms, see: Morphology of Diptera.
Mouth edge is projecting beyond facial knob, and abdomen has four pairs of large yellow marks. Thorax dorsum is dull; tibiae and tarsi of leg 1 are diagnostic.


Palearctic: Fennoscandia south to Iberia, the Mediterranean basin, Ireland eastwards through Europe into Turkey and Russia then Siberia and the Altai. Nearctic: Alaska and Greenland.[6] [7] [8]


Habitat: fen, humid, grassland (to above 2,000 metres or 6,600 feet in the Alps), moorland and taiga. It flies May to September.[3]


  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. ^ a b Speight, M.C.D. (2011). "Species accounts of European Syrphidae (Diptera)" (PDF). Syrph the Net, the database of European Syrphidae. 65: 285pp. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Fauna Europaea.
  7. ^ Peck, L.V. (1988). "Syrphidae". In: Soos, A. & Papp, L. (eds.). Catalogue of Palaearctic Diptera 8: 11-230. Akad. Kiado, Budapest.
  8. ^ 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.