Alice Springs Fauna •

Alice Springs DipteraGreen Blowfly Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) Mydas Fly, Miltinus sp Robber Fly, Bathypogon sp Golden Native Drone Fly (Eristalinus punctulatus) Stiletto Fly (Agapophytus yeatesi) Soldier Flies (Odontomyia) Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) Yellow-shouldered Hover Fly, Ischiodon scutellaris

The Golden Native Drone Fly (Eristalinus punctulatus), also known as the Native Drone Fly, and collectively known as hoverflies, flower flies, and Syrphid Flies, belong to the family Syrphidae.

The Eristalinus punctulatus pictured here was rescued from a swimming pool in Alice Springs. Pictured is the male of the species (the compound eyes meet on the head).

Male Golden Native Drone Fly (Eristalinus punctulatus), Alice Springs NT
Male Golden Native Drone Fly (Eristalinus punctulatus), Alice Springs NT

Following is a female Golden Native Drone Fly (Eristalinus punctulatus).

Golden Native Drone Fly (Eristalinus punctulatus) rescued from a swimming pool in Alice Springs NT
Female Golden Native Drone Fly (Eristalinus punctulatus), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota
  • Order: Diptera
  • Suborder: Brachycera
  • Infraorder: Cyclorrhapha
  • Zoosection: Aschiza
  • Family: Syrphidae
  • Subfamily: Eristalinae
  • Tribe: Eristalini
  • Subtribe: Eristalina
  • Genus: Eristalinus
  • Subgenus: Eristalinus
  • Species: Eristalinus punctulatus

Footnote & References

  1. Eristalinus (Lathyrophthalmus) punctulatus (Macquart, 1847), Native Drone Fly, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/8e4bd073-9dae-4ec0-b1f8-d82286cdeb7e
  2. Golden Native Drone Fly – Eristalinus (Lathyrophthalmus) punctulatus, Brisbane Insects and Spiders, https://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_hoverflies/NativeDroneFly.htm
  3. Eristalinus punctulatus, Golden Native Drone Fly, Canberra Nature Map, https://canberra.naturemapr.org/sightings/4087215
  4. Eristalinus punctulatus, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eristalinus_punctulatus

Alice Springs DipteraGreen Blowfly Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) Mydas Fly, Miltinus sp Robber Fly, Bathypogon sp Golden Native Drone Fly (Eristalinus punctulatus) Stiletto Fly (Agapophytus yeatesi) Soldier Flies (Odontomyia) Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) Yellow-shouldered Hover Fly, Ischiodon scutellaris

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