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Flower-feeding March Fly

Scaptia sp.


Big green eyes, black and yellow furry body like a bee, about European Honey Bee size


Coastal remnant sclerophyll woods on a large Pittosporum undulata bush by the track. (right hand side and after the Red Gum in the last image)


this one was quite happty to be photographed and have the branches and leaves moved about to give camera better access. Wish they were all so accommodating! Not many references on this genus. # Tabanid fly The genders (Mark Ridgeway) and (martinl)

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StephenSolomons 8 years ago

Thanks gatorfellows and Maria

gatorfellows 8 years ago

nice job getting this spotting :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Very nice series showing its environment as well

StephenSolomons 8 years ago

Thanks Martin, I thought I had commented on this but it has disappeared, ah well. I was surprised to see Leuba's dead link. Her spotting was the one that came up on Google first and I had the image on screen just a few moments ago. But I looked again and it is gone. The links you have given me can go up to notes.

Beautiful and cute fly !

StephenSolomons 8 years ago

Thanks Martin, Leuba's link surprises me it was just on my screen but I checked and you are correct

MartinL 8 years ago

Nice spotting
Seems like the males have eyes touching
and the females have a gap there
Check the link to Leubas spotting seems to be dead.

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Gosford, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jan 6, 2014
Submitted on Jan 6, 2014

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