This species is a vagrant, rarely seen in Victoria. Feeding on oxalis (possibly O.perennans) on a weedy/grassy/mown roadside next to a horse paddock. Flew to many oxalis flowers and the occasional Hypochoeris radicata.
Probably 3 individuals pictured. Occasional H.penelope among 1000s of common browns. Similar to male common brown (but no male common brown fly this time of year) and slightly smaller than female common brown. New species record for Riddells Creek.
Thousands of female Common Browns at this time of year and maybe 1 in 100 is H. penelope. Very difficult to find unless looking hard for them. Looks similar to male Common Browns which have all died by now. New species record for Riddells Creek.
Hundreds feeding on the sap of a sick old Acacia mearnsii trunk. All females. One Klugs Xenica there too. Next day the numbers were only a few dozen at a time with Red Wattlebird grasping the vertical trunk and picking them off as they landed.
Found in a sedge swamp flying around Lepidosperma laterale, feeding on Blackberry. Found after following up an old record designated 'Riddell' by George Lyell in 1920-30s. Not recorded here since. I found them last year but couldn't get photo until now.