Brown Nose Fly
S4, Female: profile
Ellura
Brown Nose Fly
S2, Female: Face
 
    
Brown Nose Fly (Metallea incisuralis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Nose Fly (Rhiniidae)
Species: Brown Nose Fly (Metallea incisuralis)
This Photo:     S3, Male: Face

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
While both genders are ~8mm long, the male we measured was slightly smaller than the female. As with many fly species, the genders can be separated by the distance between the eyes; male eyes almost touching on top, female eyes well apart. Of course, genitalia has something to do with it, but that's harder to see in the field with flies

In the field they can be identified by a greenish gold velvet on their backs that wears in the middle showing a metalic bronze body.
The common name comes from the protruding lower part of the face, looking like a nose.
We photographed 4 specimens in Dec, Feb & March.

Copyright © 2020 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 17-Feb-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.