DipteraDiptera Index Flies Pollinators and Flies The Eyes of Flies Australian Sheep Blowfly (Lucilia cuprina) Australian Drain Fly Balaana Beefly Bat Flies Bee Flies Bee Fly (Anthrax) Ligyra Australiphthiria Chrysomya saffranea Clogmia (Moth Fly) Eristalinus punctulatus Musca Odontomyia (Soldier Flies) Hermetia illucens (Black Soldier Fly) Robber Flies Sarcophaga aurifrons Soldier Fly Syrphids

Seen here is the Common Halfband (Melangyna viridiceps), an Australian hoverfly that is found widely across Eastern Australia.

The Melangyna viridiceps are fast flying flies. Important pollinators, they can often be seen pausing in flight (hovering) over flowers. The larvae eat aphids.

Common Halfband (Melangyna viridiceps), Sydney NSW
Common Halfband (Melangyna viridiceps), Hyde Park, Sydney NSW
Common Halfband (Melangyna viridiceps), Sydney NSW
Common Halfband (Melangyna viridiceps), Hyde Park, Sydney NSW
Common Halfband (Melangyna viridiceps), Sydney NSW
Common Halfband (Melangyna viridiceps), Hyde Park, Sydney NSW

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota
  • Order: Diptera
  • Suborder: Brachycera
  • Infraorder: Cyclorrhapha
  • Zoosection: Aschiza
  • Family: Syrphidae
  • Subfamily: Syrphinae
  • Tribe: Syrphini
  • Genus: Melangyna
  • Subgenus: Austrosyrphus
  • Species: Melangyna viridiceps

Footnote & References

  1. Common Halfband (Melangyna viridiceps), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/362610-Melangyna-viridiceps

DipteraDiptera Index Flies Pollinators and Flies The Eyes of Flies Australian Sheep Blowfly (Lucilia cuprina) Australian Drain Fly Balaana Beefly Bat Flies Bee Flies Bee Fly (Anthrax) Ligyra Australiphthiria Chrysomya saffranea Clogmia (Moth Fly) Eristalinus punctulatus Musca Odontomyia (Soldier Flies) Hermetia illucens (Black Soldier Fly) Robber Flies Sarcophaga aurifrons Soldier Fly Syrphids