|Hover Flies. A common widespread family
of flies, many with characteristic yellow markings. Often resemble bees
and some are wasp mimics with waisted abdomen. Capable of hovering
motionlessly. Are important pollinators of plants. Some larvae are
predators of aphids. Vena
spuria present in the wing. [169 Aust. species]
Most species pictured have their DNA in the Barcode of Life Database.
|Allobacha sp. GC1||Allobacha sp. GC2||Allobaccha sp. GC3|
|Austalis sp. n. pulchellus||Episyrphus sp. GC1|
|Episyrphus sp. GC2||Eristalinus punctulatus||Eristalinus sp. GC1|
|Eumerus sp. GC1||Mesembrius sp.|
|Paragus crenulatus||Simosyrphus scutellaris||
Syritta orientalis (male)
|Syritta orientalis (female)|
Insects of Australia (Chapter 39: Diptera)
D.H. Colless and D.K. McAlpine
CSIRO, Division of Entomology
1137pp (2 volumes), Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1999.
Thanks to Wouter van Steenis, The Netherlands for identifications.
Thanks to Gerard Pennards, The Netherlands for identifications.