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Fly (Hover) Three-lined hoverfly (Helophilus seelandicus)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Genus: Helophilus
Species: H. seelandicus
Binomial name: Helophilus seelandicus
Common name: Three-lined hoverfly, Threelined hoverfly

Helophilus seelandicus (Three-lined hoverfly) is a native hoverfly of New Zealand. The name corresponds to the three black lines behind the fly's head. It is 15 mm in length and its common name corresponds to the three lengthwise, black stripes on thorax. Just below the scutellum there are two wide distinctive pale orange stripes on each side of the abdomen, these do not meet.
It 
is noisy in flight. The Three-lined hoverfly rat tailed larvae (maggots) live in liquid containing decaying vegetation, animals or dung. 

This fly is an i
mportant pollinator of flowers.

Three-lined Hoverfly, (Helophilus seelandicus)
   

  


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