Golden Drone Fly - Eristalinus  sp.

Family Syrphidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Golden Drove Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 8mm
The Drone fly in appearance bears a close resemblance to a honeybee. The larva has a long thin tail, thus, called a Rat-tailed Maggot. The rat-tailed maggot usually breeds in drains, sewage pools, and other stagnant water. 
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For general information about hover fly please check this page.
Thanks to Gerard Pennards for the ID advice of this species. 

1. Eristalinus sp. A - Common Hover Fly - Graeme's Insects of Townsville, Australia.

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Last updated: November 03, 2010.