Orange-tipped Flower Fly
Head: Face light orangish-yellow with light dusting of white pile. Face much projecting and shiny at antenna base. Eyes reddish-brown. Male eyes touching at top of head, female eyes separated by simple eyes (ocelli). Black spot below lower eye margin (cheeks).
Antenna: Orangish-yellow, like face. 1st and 2nd joints with some black pile. 3rd joint large, rounded. Bristle (arista) reddish-black.
Thorax: Entirely metallic greenish-black, covered with whitish pile. Pile denser along shoulders (base, outside edge or humeri). Sides have tufts of dense, short white hair.
Wings: Lightly tinted, more yellowish-brown at base. Some veins very dark. Calypters white, with fringe. Halteres very pale yellow.
Legs: Thighs (femora) black, tips light yellow. Shins (tibiae) brownish, densely covered with white pile; base and tips more yellowish-orange; hind shin more yellowish. Feet light yellow, last joint black. Toes yellow.
Abdomen: Shiny black with black pile. Segment 2 has longer, white hair at side edges. Segment 4 is yellow-orange, with black V-shape at base, center on male; female has a larger black U-shape (more rounded). Segment 5 entirely yellow-orange.
Size: 9 to 12 mm long.
Food: Adults feed on flower nectar.
Flight Time: Mid May to early July. June 12, 2004
Life Cycle: Unknown. In England, the larvae live in water-filled tree holes.
Comments: Rare. Essex County – photos. Recorded around Georgian Bay and in Thedford. Also in Michigan.
Synonyms: Macquart 1842
Milesia analis, Cynorhina analis, Criorhina analis
United States National Museum, 1886, Vol. 31: Synopsis of N.A. Syrphidae by Williston, pg. 214.
University of Kansas Science Bulletin, 1924, Vol. 15: Syrphidae by Curran, pg. 135.
Ohio State University, 1953: Thesis Syrphid Flies by Weems: pp. 410 to 412.