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Flower feeding horse fly (♂)

Scaptia auriflua

Description:

Almost a bee mimic. About 15mm long. Quite short but robust abdomen. Very green eyes which touch at the centre. Three white lines on black on thorax. Dense white fur under front part of the body.

Habitat:

Eucalyptus parklands. Native and some introduced flowering plants.

Notes:

A horse fly which doesn't bite - how pleasant.

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7 Comments

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

Awesome colors!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

That IS pleasantly surprising!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thank you all.

Lovely colors and disposition of this horse fly!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Great series!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Superb!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Nice pics Argy

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Dec 30, 2012
Submitted on Dec 30, 2012

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