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Stable Fly

Stomoxys calcitrans

Description:

The stripes and abdomen markings on the fly are more yellowish than in the pictures which turned out quite dark due to the lighting.

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2 Comments

JillBlack
JillBlack 8 years ago

Hi Forest Dragon. Thought it was a flesh fly at first but this one has dark eye area (flesh flies are red) NZ flesh flies look like my spotting http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/173... so not quite sure what it is

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 8 years ago

Hi Jill, nice spotting! I think this might be a different species of fly than Helophilus seelandicus.

Here are some references for the Three-lined Hoverfly:
http://naturewatch.org.nz/taxa/54478-Hel...
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/62577675@N0...

Your striped fly reminds me more of a species of Flesh Fly, Genus Sarcophaga. Check out this page:
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http...

Hope this helps!

JillBlack
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JillBlack

Puketapapa, Auckland, New Zealand

Spotted on Feb 22, 2013
Submitted on Feb 22, 2013

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