Water Floating Fly
Legs used as Rafts
Ellura
Water Floating Fly
Head & Facial Hair
 
      
Water Floating Fly (Brachydeutera sydneyensis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Shore Fly (Ephydridae)
Species: Water Floating Fly (Brachydeutera sydneyensis)
This Photo:     🔍Tiny Hairs on back🔎

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
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.

Similar Species: Long Legged Fly (Hydrophorus cf praecox)

Copyright © 2016-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 10-Nov-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.