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Brad H
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Posted on 15-06-2006 10:50

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This Syrphid was seen sipping nectar from onion flowers at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand during the early afternoon in January (summer). Would anyone hazard a gues at what it might be? Maybe a species of Helophilus?
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Posted on 15-06-2006 11:14

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sorry, forgot to mention size - about 13 mm long (similar in size to a drone fly- E. tenax).
Gerard Pennards
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Posted on 19-04-2007 09:50
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Hello Brad,
Well, I must admit I don't know very much about the Syrphidae of Australia and new Zealand.
I can't tell you whether it is helophilus or not, judging on the colors I would guess not.
But, there is somebody that maybe can help.
It is one of the world specialists in Syrphidae, and his name is C. Thompson.
This one:
You could send him an email with the picture.
If he answers, please tell us too!
Gerard Pennards
Susan R Walter
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Posted on 19-04-2007 13:10
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But I assume it must be some sort of Eristalini, with that strong dip in R4+5?
Tony Irwin
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Posted on 19-04-2007 19:40
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Mallota cingulata female. See http://rsnz.natli...03830.html - nice looking fly!
Tony Irwin
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