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Get to know the Hover Fly

(Melangyna Sp.)

Hover Fly

Appearance:

  • The Common Hover fly has a slim body with large reddish brown eyes, dark thorax, black and yellow abdomen and wings that are clear in colour.
  • Adult body length is 10mm and larvae feeding on aphid’s body length is 10mm.
  • The Hover fly does not have a sting.
  • The Hover fly is often mistaken for the European wasp due to it’s appearance.
  • The Hover fly is also known as Flower Flies, some species are called Drone Flies.
  • The Hover fly gets its name from the way it hovers.

Life cycle

  • The female Hover fly lay eggs on leaves, the eggs lay into grub like maggots and feed on aphids, scale insects, thrips and caterpillars.
  • Some species of Hover flys, lay their eggs near aphid colonies, the maggot like larvae are predators of aphids.

Habitat

  • The Hover fly is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.
  • Hover fly’s visit flowers just as bees and wasps do, they are major pollinators of some flower plants, they are usually seen hovering or resting on flowers.
  • The Hover fly feeds on nectar and are pollinators of plants too.
  • The Hover fly hovers even when mating.

Good – Hover flies are good for the environment. Hover fly larvae are predators of many insects such as aphids, scale insects, thrips and caterpillars.

Danger to humans and first aid

Nil – The Hover Fly does not have a sting and does not bite.