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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Spilomyia Flower Flies of the New World (Diptera: Syrphidae)

Author
item Thompson, F

Submitted to: Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: December 2, 1996
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Flower flies of the genus Spilomyia are found throughout the North Temperate regions and range south into New World tropics. They breed in water-filled tree holes, aiding in the nutrient re-cycling, and are pollinators. Due to their diverse life-cycle, the group is a good indicator of the health of forests. This paper describes a species previously unknown to science. This information, along with the included identification key, will be useful to scientists studying flies, and to action agency personnel charged with identifying flies

Technical Abstract: Spilomyia wirthi is described. A key to the species of Spilomyia of the New World is given, along with tables of their diagnostic characters and the nomenclatural details for the various names which apply to them

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