Water Floating Fly
Profile (body~4mm)
Ellura
Water Floating Fly
Legs used as Rafts
 
    
Water Floating Fly (Brachydeutera sydneyensis)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Insect (Insecta)
Order: Fly (Diptera)
Family: Shore Fly (Ephydridae)
Species: Water Floating Fly (Brachydeutera sydneyensis)
This Photo:     Anterior
Similar Species: Long Legged Fly

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
Small light brown & white fly regularly seen floating on water. They float there lapping up water with their elongated mouths at a very rapid rate; so getting 2 drinking at once was pure luck. Took so many photo's to get one with the mouth actually touching the water and in reasonable focus. They are so light they can float on 4 legs while using the front, or rear, pair to clean themselves.

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 30-Dec-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species