Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America
2019, 300 pages, 3000 color images, 414 maps, drawings. This is the first comprehensive field guide to the flower flies (also known as hover flies) of northeastern North America. Flower flies, along with bees, are our most important pollinators. Found in a variety of habitats, from backyard gardens to aquatic ecosystems, flower flies are often overlooked because many of them mimic bees or wasps. Many species are distinctive, but even subtly differentiated species can be identified accurately. This convenient guide is an informative tool for identification.
Using color photographs and range maps, this guide covers all 416 species of flower flies occurring north of Tennessee and east of the Dakotas, including the high Arctic and Greenland. Each species account includes identification, size, abundance, flight time, notes on behavior, classification, hybridization, habitats, and larvae.
Summarizing current scientific understanding of flower fly fauna, this is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in discovering the diversity of flower flies.
- Color photos of both field and museum specimens
- Multiple images per species, with arrows highlighting key field marks
- Grayscale images showing actual size
- Range maps for each species
Flexibound cover; 5 x 8-1/4”.
Jeffrey H. Skevington is a research scientist and Michelle M. Locke is a collection management technician with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes (CNC). Andrew D. Young is a postdoctoral fellow with the California Department of Food and Agriculture at the California State Collection of Arthropods. Kevin Moran is a doctoral candidate at Carleton University. William J. Crins is retired and spent much of his career working with the parks and protected areas program of the Ministry of Natural Resources in Ontario. Stephen A. Marshall is professor of entomology at the University of Guelph.
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