Subject: horse fly
Location: Cairns Australia
January 10, 2016 4:11 pm
Hi. Could you please tell me what kind of horse fly this is.
I live in Cairns Australia next to the rainforest I’m used to the smaller black ones but not this..
Unfortunately i had to kill it as it was attacking my two little boys under three years of age!!
This is not a Horse Fly, commonly called a March Fly in Australia. We believe this is a Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae. Hover Flies mimic stinging bees and wasps for protection, but they are in themselves perfectly harmless. We have not had any luck determining the species. We hope that should you encounter additional Hover Flies in the future, you will learn to recognize them and not kill them as they pose no threat to your family.
Many thanks on the info..
I do feel bad exterminating it now but now know for future reference!!!!
Correction: Horse Fly is Correct
There was an exchange of comments initiated by Christopher that resulted in a determination that this really was a Horse Fly like the one pictured on the Queensland Museum site.