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Hover Fly / Flower Fly/ Soldier Fly

Description:

I think this is a native bee? Seen in Erina NSW Australia

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14 Comments

Doryreed
Doryreed 11 years ago

Thanks Gordon. That's why I am here too. :)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

lovely colors!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Nice...the flower suppose to be Pentanema found in hills..

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

Ha, that's not an unfair advantage at all! One of the reason I'm here is to learn and I can do that through these discussions. Glad you're here.

Doryreed
Doryreed 11 years ago

I have spent the last year studying them so I have a bit of an unfair advantage. They are pretty little flies. :)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

I think you may very well be right. It's always good to have other eyes on these things, especially insects.

RossMoorhouse
RossMoorhouse 11 years ago

Great link Gordon. Yes it could be a form of Soldier fly as well.

Doryreed
Doryreed 11 years ago

I'm sure it is a hoverfly. Check out the Syrphidae section on the site. Think they will be more likely. The soldier flies don't have the same stripe patterns and are a slightly different shape.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

If you don't mind, I'd suggest that the eyes and short stubby antennae look more like a fly, perhaps a soldier fly. I'm not sure if I can help you beyond that. See http://www.lifeunseen.com/index8.php and be sure to check out the soldier fly page.

Doryreed
Doryreed 11 years ago

Nice shot by the way. Love the composition. :)

RossMoorhouse
RossMoorhouse 11 years ago

Yes they do hover. So would be some form of hoverfly. I shall change the lisiting. :-)

Doryreed
Doryreed 11 years ago

That is a hoverfly or horse fly not a bee. It only has small antenna and doesn't have 2 pairs of wings. I'm not familiar with your native hoverflies though so can't be much more help than that.

RossMoorhouse
RossMoorhouse 11 years ago

Thank you. This is one of my best shots me thinks. :-)

NayNay
NayNay 11 years ago

Wow. Great shot! Nice colours... :-)

RossMoorhouse
Spotted by
RossMoorhouse

2250, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Aug 31, 2010
Submitted on May 3, 2011

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