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wasp-mimicking hoverfly

Mesembrius sp.

Description:

Hoverflies, sometimes called flower flies or syrphid flies, make up the insect family Syrphidae. As their common name suggests, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults of many species feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some species, the larvae are saprotrophs, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects.

Habitat:

Spotted in secondary vegetation growing on abandoned lot in village. Close to a thin strip of disturbed coastal swamp forest.

Notes:

http://www.malaeng.com/blog/?p=9721 contains some information on the use of this genus name in preference to others.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Toxomerus sp.


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2 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Have ID'ed to genus...

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

Looks like a bee mimic

Scott Frazier
Spotted by
Scott Frazier

Indonesia

Spotted on Aug 19, 2011
Submitted on Aug 24, 2011

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