Sericomyia silentis

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Sericomyia silentis
Seriomia silentis1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Genus: Sericomyia
Species: S. silentis
Binomial name
Sericomyia silentis
(Harris, 1776)

Sericomyia silentis, is a species of hoverfly. It is widespread throughout the Palearctic but normally encountered in small numbers in mountain regions and moorland and bog locations.[1]

Sericomyia silentis on flowers of thistles


External images For terms see Morphology of Diptera
Wing length 9 ·5–14 mm. Pregenital segment yellow. Legs yellowish, base of femorae black. Tergites 2-4 dark yellow side-stripes widen towards tergite margins. See references for determination[2][3][4][5]


Palearctic Fennoscandia South to the Pyrenees. Ireland East through North Europe and Central Europe (Alps) into Russia and the Caucasus and on to Siberia, the Russian Far East and Japan.[6][7]



Habitat: wet moorland, valley bog, fen and Alnus, Salix carr.[8] Flies May to October.


  1. ^ Stubbs, Alan E. & Falk, Steven J. (1983). British Hoverflies: An Illustrated Identification Guide. British Entomological & Natural History Society. pp. 253, xvpp. 
  2. ^ Van Veen, M. (2004) Hoverflies of Northwest Europe: identification keys to the Syrphidae. 256pp. KNNV Publishing, Utrecht.addendum
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Coe, R.L. (1953) Diptera: Syrphidae. Handbks.ident.Br.insects, 10(1): 1-98. R.ent.Soc.London. pdf
  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. ^ Speight, M.C.D. (2011). "Species accounts of European Syrphidae (Diptera)" (PDF). Syrph the Net, the database of European Syrphidae. 65: 285pp.