by Patrick Kavanagh
One of the Hop Bushes in the front yard has been heavily patronised by European Honeybees of late. I was pretty sure that if I looked carefully enough, I’d eventually find something more local and, to my eye, interesting. I found this very quiet little fly slowly and methodically browsing the flowers and was amazed by the pattern on its eyes.
Bowerbird identified it as a species of the Stomorhina genus, family Rhiniidae. I’ve been able to find out very little about this group of flies on the internet and would love any further information that anyone could provide.