Scientific name

Eupeodes confrater (Wiedemann) (=Syrphus confrater Wiedemann, Metasyrphus confrater (Wiedemann))

Taxonomic position

Diptera: Syrphidae: Syrphini


Metasternum hairy. Abdominal tergite 2 with yellow spots broadly fused. Last pair of femora with broad diagonal brownish annulus, or dark in anterior half.

Larva chalky white with grayish patches, tapering towards one end.


   Adult male - Dorsal view
 Adult female - Dorsal view
   Ventral side of abdominal tip - Female and male
 Pupal case after emergence


Widely distributed throughout India. Sri Lanka. Pakistan. China. Afghanisthan.

Prey / Biology

Feeds on aphids on cotton, wheat, mustard, cabbages, pomegranate, and chrysanthemums (Brunetti, 1923; Ghorpade, 1981). Acyrthosiphon pisum, A. citricola, A. craccivora, A. fabae solanella, A. gossypii, A. rhoicola Hille Ris Lambers, Brachycaudus cardui (L.), Brevicoryne brassicae (L.), Capitophorus carduinus (Walker), Cinara sp., Dysaphis sp. cf. foeniculus (Theobald), Eriosoma lanigera (Hausmann), Lipaphis erysimi, Macrosiphoniella sanborni (Gillette), Mordvilkomemor sp., Myzus ?ornatus Laing, M. persicae (Sulzer), Toxoptera odinae.


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