Drone Fly

Eristalis tenax (Linnaeus, 1758)

It is the most widely distributed syrphid species in the world and is known from all regions except the Antarctic.
It has a hairy body with wide black and yellow to orange stripes

Drone Flies feed on nectar and are important pollinators. The aquatic larvae, known as a Rat-tailed Maggots, have an extendible breathing tube that they use like a snorkel to breathe.

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What habitats does Eristalis tenax live in?

On flowers (adult flies) or wet areas such as drains and sewers (larva)

What is the distribution of Eristalis tenax?

South-eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania

How big does Eristalis tenax grow?

Body up to 2 cm long

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