Petite Bee Fly
Feeding in O. magniflora
Green Parasitic Blowfly
S5 Male, profile
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Blow Fly (Calliphoridae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Green Parasitic Blowfly (Amenia sp ES01)|
|This Photo:||🔍S5 Male, dorsal🔎|
Thank you Tony Daley for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~11mm long. You could easily be forgiven for thinking these were bees, as they scour the Melaleuca flowers. They're quite timid so hard to get close enough to see details
We thought this was A. leonina but Tony Daley said, with our thanks, that while "A. leonina has pale yellow or golden postorbits", so does A. albomaculata. So we've lifted this to genus level.
We photographed 7 specimens in Feb, Mar & Apr.