Welcome to my Sydney suburban garden, the life within, and occasionally the life beyond
Yes indeed, its wings are lovely and colorful!
It's a syrphid--a fly from the familySyrphidae--known commonly as hover flies, because they have the miraculous ability to hang stationary in the air, hovering as long as they wish. They eat pollen and nectar, but their larvae are blind, predatory maggots that grope along until they encounter prey such as aphids, but the encounter is very brief. This is because the aphid quickly ceases to exit. Highly beneficial insect, if you consider benefit to be anything that forwards our human agendas.
I just loved that picture! It reminds me how beautiful our nature is! Thanks!
I've seen these here, too...I like the info. provided by your commenter, above. Beneficial insects of any kind are always good to have around;-)
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