Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hoverfly (Episyrphus viridaureus) in Sumatra Indonesia





Have you ever seen a hoverfly ?. This insect is from the order of diptera (flies) in the family of syrphidae. This one that i took the photos of is very resemble to the Episyrphus viridaureus species description which I have taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This hoverfly has orange yellow body with narrow dark bands at the abdomen. The upper side of the thorax covered with black metallic shield and the rest is covered with orange-yellow hair. Between the dark purple eyes, there is a metallic blue part at the fore head. The wing is transparrent. The overall length is about 8 mm. 
The interesting thing about this hoverfly (and from this it got its common name) is its flying pattern, its flies like hovering from one point to another and stop for a few second in the air before it continues its flight. When you have a good camera, i think it is quite easy to capture the flight photos of this hoverfly from many angle since it stop in a few seconds at the same place in the air.


Scientific classification:
Kingdom :  Animalia (Animals)
Phylum :  Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class : Insecta (Insects)
Order : Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon :  ("Aschiza")
Family : Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Genus : Episyrphus
Species : Episyrphus viridaureus (Wiedemann, 1824)


Reference:
http://eol.org/pages/752217/overview
http://www.catalogueoflife.org/details/species/id/8657995
http://bugguide.net/node/view/196




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