Long-antennae Hover Fly
S2, Female, dorsal
Long-antennae Hover Fly
S1, Female, Wing Venation
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:     🔍S2, Female, profile🔎

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.

Similar Species: Hopping Wasp (Brachymeria podagrica)

Copyright © 2023-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 03-Apr-2023
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.