This page contains pictures and information about Wasp-mimic
Hoverflies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Body length 12mm, male
- This Hover Fly looked like a wasp. It has dark brown body colour with
yellow bands. It has a yellow face with a vertical dark median stripe. On the
stripe there are the saw patterns mimic wasp's jaw. The antenna are dark brown
and relatively long. Legs are brown then orange-yellow. Abdomen is only
slightly constricted at base. Photos show a male, female look the same except
the eyes are a bit more separated.
- Pictures were taken in Karawatha Forest near the Lagoon on
Sep 2010. There were a few of them on a large gum tree trunk. They rested on
the tree trunk and dip its abdomen on the bark surface regularly, seemed
putting some invisible marks on the tree trunk. We did not know what exactly
they were doing.
- This hoverfly mimics Eumenin Wasp.
Its face even have the wasp's jaw pattern and its wing colour mimics the
wasp's narrow folded wing.
- From reference information, This Hoverfly parasite attacks Trigona
native bee hives.
- 1. Insects
of Australia - CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pl 6U.
- 2. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
- 3. The Australian
Syrphid flies of the subfamily
Cerioidinae (Diptera: Syrphidae): Systematics and wing folding - EF Riek, Australian Journal of Zoology 2(1) 100 - 130, 1954.
- 4. Species
Ceriana (Ceriana) ornata (Saunders, 1845) - Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory.
- 5. "carbonaria" Sugarbag bee - PaDIL.
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