Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Rattailed maggot

Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae

Size range

  • 40 mm long, including tail


  • European origin

Life History

  • Maggots live in rotting vegetation or stagnant pools and need the telescopic breathing siphon to breathe
  • Occasionally found in toilets
  • Adult is a drone fly that visits flowers for nectar and pollen

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