FLIES, BEES AND WASPS

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Australian beneficial insect, Hairy flower wasp, Campsomeris tasmaniensis, on a roseTo see a list of the flies, bees and wasps that are included in this gallery 

  • Black-banded hover fly, Episyrphus species
  • Blowfly, Stomorhina species
  • Blowfly, Calliphora species,
  • Blue-banded bee, Amegilla cingulata
  • Grey striped flesh fly, Sarcophaga aurifrons
  • Hairy flower wasp, Campsomeris tasmaniensis
  • Honey bee, Apis species
  • Potter wasp / hornet, Abispa ephippium

The images in this photo gallery reveal some small but beautiful creatures, flies, bees and wasps, that are often ignored or seen merely as insect pests.

The fear of being stung and the misconception that flies do nothing other than spread diseases means that these flying insects are often despised and eradicated with a well-aimed fly swatter or dosed with a spray of poison. Each of this little creatures plays an important role in the environment however, and all are important members of the wildlife community within a healthy and balanced ecosystem. Some play an invaluable role as pollinators of plants, others produce honey, and all are food for predators – for birds, reptiles and frogs.

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