Long-antennae Hover Fly
S2, Female, Face
Long-antennae Hover Fly
S2, Female, Rear Leg Spines
Long-antennae Hover Fly (Chalcosyrphus elongatus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Hover Fly (Syrphidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Long-antennae Hover Fly (Chalcosyrphus elongatus)
This Photo:     🔍S1, Female, Rear Leg🔎

Thank you Tony Daley & Matthew Vosper for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~10.5mm long. We just found our 2nd specimen, alive this time, some 18 months after the 1st dead one.
The eyes are wide apart, indicating these are female.
Others in the genus have shorter, paddle-like antennae.
Other on-line photos show some white stripes on the body, but they are males.
These flies have incredibly powerful hind legs. In the new profile shot, notice the spines under the back leg.
They look like a Brachymeria sp hopping wasp.
Photographed 2 females in Apr & Sep.

Similar Species: Hopping Wasp (Brachymeria sp ES01)

Copyright © 2021-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 12-Sep-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.