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  Wasp-mimicking Hover Fly (Ceriana sp)





Wasp-mimicking Hover Fly | Ceriana sp photo
Wasp-mimicking Hover Fly feeding on Leptospermum flower.

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



INSECT FACTS

Identification
This Ceriana species is banded black and orange like a wasp. The antennae appear to be joined at the bottom and branch out in a y-shape? They probably mimic wasps to deter predators.

Size
8mm

Habitat
Can be seen hovering over plants and foraging in flowers.

Food
adults feed on nectar. Some species of hover fly are important pollinators of plants.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Diptera
Family:Syrphidae
Genus:Ceriana
Species:sp
Common Name:Wasp-mimicking Hover Fly