Hover Flies
Wasp-mimic Hoverfly
Green Hoverfly
Black Hoverfly
Grey Native Drone Fly
Golden Native Drone Fly
Wasp-mimicking Hoverfly
Yellow-face Wasp Fly 
Native-bee-mimic Fly
Black Orange Hover Fly
Waisted Wasp-mimic Fly
Brown Wasp-mimic Fly 
Small Slander Hover Fly
Small Yellow Hover Fly 
Waisted Slender Hoverfly
White-banded Slender Fly
Grey-banded Hover Fly
Yellow-shouldered Fly
Black-headed Hover Fly
Yellow-shoulder Stout Fly
Orange-band Slender Fly



Golden Native Drone Fly - Eristalinus (Lathyrophthalmus) punctulatus

Family Syrphidae 

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

Body length 10mm, female
The Hover Fly is golden yellow in colour with four black stripes on thorax. Abdomen is banded and spotted.  


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Pictures were taken in Wishart Outlook along Bulimba Creek during a very hot day in late summer. The fly was resting on a Acacia leaf. The fly produces a loud buzz similar to bee.
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From the reference information, the larva has 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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Male and female look about the same. Male has eyes very close together. 
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1. A field guide to insects in Australia - By Paul Zborowski and Ross Storey, Reed New Holland, 1996, p143.
2. Eristalis tenax (Linnaeus) - Australian Insect Common Names, CSIRO, 2005.
3. Revision of Australian Syrphidae (Diptera). Part I - Ferguson, E.W. 1926, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 51: 137-183 [160] (Eristalis punctulatus). 

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Last updated: February 03, 2013.