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
- Most wasp/bee-mimicking flies we found are Hover Flies in the family SYRPHIDAE,
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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