Common Hover Fly
This Hoverfly (Family Syrphidae) is often mistaken for a native bee because it sips nectar from flowers and its black and yellow bands look like those of a bee. Its remarkable ability to hover in mid air and its very short antennae help distinguish it from a bee. Hover flies can be useful flower pollinators and they also can help control aphids in gardens.
''Melangyna viridiceps'' is an Australian hoverfly, known as the Common Hover Fly or Common Halfban. It is found widely across Eastern Australia. It is one of the two most common hoverflies in Australia, alongside ''Simosyrphus grandicornis'', with which it has often been confused, but can be distinguished by its all black thorax.