Yellow-shouldered Stout Hover Fly - Simosyrphus grandicornis

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I noticed this mating pair of Yellow-shouldered Stout Hover Flies (Simosyrphus grandicornis) while having a cuppa on my verandah one afternoon. The male carried the female during the mating process, clasping her thorax with his legs and pinning her wings against her body. Ocassionally the pair would land on some foliage, but never for long.
The species is widespread in Australia, where it is native, and has been introduced to many countries throughout Pacific.
It is particularly abundant in areas
with flowering plants, where adults are most often seen hovering near flowers, alighting at times to feed on pollen and nectar. Larvae feed on aphids and other soft-bodied arthropods.

Location: 73 Burke Rd, Dapto NSW 2530, Australia

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Copyright: Peter Rowland - www.prpw.com.au
Photographer: Peter Rowland

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Copyright: Peter Rowland - www.prpw.com.au
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Latitude: 34° 30' 32.614824" S
Longitude: 150° 47' 16.778418" E

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