Yellow-shouldered Stout Hover Fly
Yellow-shouldered Stout Hover Fly
Yellow-shouldered Stout Hover Fly (Simosyrphus grandicornis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Hover Fly (Syrphidae)
Species: Yellow-shouldered Stout Hover Fly (Simosyrphus grandicornis)
This Photo:     Halteres

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
Sorry about the technical name of this photo.
Most insects have 2 pairs of wings, but flies only have one pair. The Halteres are what's left over from the hind pair of wings. They are still used to help balance the fly in flight.
You can just see them here, the 2 white "balls" on the end of curved "sticks" on the side of the body, in front of the middle legs.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), in the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 03-Mar-2014
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.