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Wasp-mimicking Rhiniin Fly - Stomorhina discolor

Family Calliphoridae

This page contains pictures and information about Wasp-mimicking Rhiniin Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 6mm
The fly has the thorax in black colour with blue-green and coppery metallic reflections, and with dense small bristle-dots. Abdomen is black-banded on yellow colours mimicking bees or wasps. There is the apical spot on wings. Legs are yellowish-brown in colours. 
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Most wasp/bee-mimicking flies we found are Hover Flies in the family SYRPHIDAE, initially we thought this fly was a Drone Fly. Later we found out that, it is a blowfly in subfamily Rhiniinae

1. Rhiniinae, Calliphoridae -  Insects of Townsville, Australia - Graeme Cocks, 2004.
2. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009. 
3. A Revision of Australian Rhiniinae (Diptera : Calliphoridae) - J. P. Dear, Aust. J. Zool., 1977, 25, 779-826. 

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Last updated: March 03, 2011.