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Hoverfly maggot

Syrphidae sp.


Larva of a dipteran insect showing red and black internal organs Syrphidae sp.


On eucalyptus leaf.


This larva is eating scale insects(Eriococcus coriaceus), leaving a trail of old shells. \

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MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks FaredinAliyevski

FaredinAliyevski 7 years ago

This looks amazing!

MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks MariadB.
Here is one eating an aphid

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Very cool!

MartinL 7 years ago

Yes if its like other flies, they have loose pupae and I expect it will fall to the ground. I am surprised that I never notice other larvae since the hoverflies are common.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Amazing ID work Martin :) A bit of a messy eater (like most babies I guess). I wonder where it will pupate... maybe drop to the soil below.

MartinL 7 years ago

I discovered this larva is a hoverfly

MartinL 9 years ago

Argy; my Chinese translation app. couldn't find a meaning for it so its possibly purely aesthetic. I thought this was a caterpillar but there were too many anomalies. An expert on flickr ID'd it for me as a fly.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

What's that chinese writing on its back martin ?

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Sep 28, 2011
Submitted on Nov 28, 2011

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