Tribe: Tribe Eristalini
Length: 10-14 mm
Palpada vinetorum ranges from Wisconsin east to Pennsylvania, and south into the Caribbean and Central and South America. The southern edge of its range in in Argentina.
Larvae are aquatic and feed on minescule bits of organic matter they filter out of the water.
Photo location: Left, Sanderling, North Carolina; below, Manaus, Brazil.
American Insects site