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Flower-feeding March Fly

Scaptia auriflua

Description:

This handsome fat-bodied marchfly had short yellow setae along the posterior margin of the thorax and the terminal abdominal segments. Dense white setae covered the underside. The thorax had three white lines. The eyes were large, meeting in the middle and were a beautiful green. The body would have been about 10 mm long with clear wings stretching well past the posterior end.

Habitat:

Spotted resting on Acacia (Wattle)

Notes:

A March fly in Australia is known as a Horsefly overseas. This fly feeds solely on nectar and does not bite like it's more drab-looking relatives !! The lovely colours suits this fly's kinder disposition. Family: Tabanidae

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1 Comment

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

My second favouritist fly :-) Good shots.

Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 20, 2013
Submitted on Dec 20, 2013

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