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Nectar feeding Fly and descriptions found on Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

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The large but harmless Nectar-feeding March Fly (Scaptia aurflua) observed hovering near the ground probably looking for somewhere to lay it’s eggs. 

I.D. courtesy of Martyn Robinson  Naturalist  Australian Museum.Nectar-eating March Fly

Growing to 45mm with the upper side of the abdomen a bright yellow colour in flight.Giant Yellow Robber Fly

One of perhaps 3-4,ooo species of this family occuring in Australia. Its larvae feed as a parasite internally on other insects. On sunny days in summer the adults often rest on smooth Eucalyptus trunks and similar structures such as pipes and poles.

I.D. courtesy of Yvette Simpson. Interpretive Officer, Australian Museum.

Image of the Nectar Feeding March Fly (Scaptia auriflua). Unlike other March Fly which feed on blood this March Fly mimics Bees and feeds exclusively on nectar.

I.D. courtesy of Martyn Robinson. Naturalist.  Australian Museum.

Further reading; http.www.brisbaneinsects. com/brisbane_flies/FlowerFeedingMarch.htm.

These fly feed only on the nectar from plants and contribute to plant pollination. The larvae are parasitic on land snails.

Image of possibly ( Microtropesa sinuata) a nectar feeding fly which is parasitic to Lepidoptera.

Image of a parasitoidal Tachinid fly.They lay their eggs in a host, usually a beetle. Adults are nectar feeders and endemic to Australasia. Most species prefer living above 600 metres, usually in dry eucalypt forests. First described by Macquart in 1847.

Further reference; Wikipedia.  Senostoma.

“Blowfly larvae feed on carrion and dung, which helps with decomposition. Adults feed on nectar and plant juices. Some are parasitic on earthworms and land snails. Some live in termite nests and ant nests”.

Further references and images :

This fly could possibly be an Orange and Black Vinegar Fly, however there is a lack of comprehensive reference available and remains unidentified. Found along the riparian zone at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge on Red Ash (Alphitonia excelsia).