Simosyrphus grandicornis

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: Native to Australia but accidentally introduced to New Zealand and many Pacific islands.

Description: This hover fly was approximately 8 millimetres long.

Notes: The young are grubs that feed on aphids and other soft-bodied arthropods. The adults feed on pollen and are good pollinators.

We have photographed this species in April, July, October and November.

References: Identification courtesy of David Knowles.

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