Wasp-mimicking Hover Fly
Long-antennae Hover Fly
S2, Female, profile
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Hover Fly (Syrphidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Long-antennae Hover Fly (Chalcosyrphus elongatus)|
|This Photo:||🔍S2, Female, dorsal🔎|
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)