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Pelecocera are small hoverflies, which are usually encountered on flowers of yellow composites such as Hieracium and Picris along forest edges. Their life cycle is unknown. Pelecocera have an elongated abdomen. Their arista is thickened and is implanted on the upper top corner of the third antennal segment, as if the third antennal segment ends in the arista. The genus is similar in appearance to Chamaesyrphus, but in Chamaesyrphus the arista is hair-like and not implanted at the end, but at three-quarters of the upper margin of the third antennal segment. This chapter also contains a diagrammatic representation of Pelecocera tricincta, habitus of female (Verlinden).

Keywords: Chamaesyrphus; Hieracium; Pelecocera tricincta; Pelecocera; Picris



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