Diversity of Hover flies (Insecta: Diptera: Syrphidae) with 3 New Record From High Hill Zone of Himachal Pradesh, India

Diversity of Hover flies (Insecta: Diptera: Syrphidae) with 3 New Record From High Hill Zone

  • Jayita Sengupta Senior Zoological Assistant, Diptera Section, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata, India https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6438-3870
  • Atanu Naskar Assistant Zoologist, Diptera Section, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata, India
  • Sumit Homechaudhuri Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
  • Dhriti Banerjee Scientist-E, Diptera Section, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata, India


The present study of High hill zone, Himachal Pradesh is an inimitable example of establishment of alternative pollinators as a main pollination service renderer. Present study is imperious at this juncture to explore the present status of syrphid fauna prevalent in this important high hill zone ecosystem, not only to provide a baseline data for future entomo faunal studies but also to discuss the potential role of hoverflies as pollinator in this ecosystem. Altogether, 19 species under 13 genera over 2 subfamilies have been reported from High hill zone of Himachal Pradesh. 3 species namely Syrphus (Syrphus) vitripennis Megen,1822, Eristalis (Eristalis) tenax (Linnaeus,1758) and Eristalinus (Eristalinus) arvorum (Fabricius, 1787) are reported for the first time from this High hill zone as well as from the state of Himachal Pradesh. Their taxonomic keys and detail diagnosis of the reported species has been discussed along with the distributional pattern of these species along the High hill zone of Himachal Pradesh.

Keywords: Hover flies, New Record, High hill zone, Syrphidae, Taxonomy.


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Sengupta, J., Naskar, A., Homechaudhuri, S., & Banerjee, D. (2019). Diversity of Hover flies (Insecta: Diptera: Syrphidae) with 3 New Record From High Hill Zone of Himachal Pradesh, India. International Journal of Advancement in Life Sciences Research, 2(4), 21-37. Retrieved from http://ijalsr.org/index.php/journal/article/view/69
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