Metalic Green Tomato Fly
Male: Hairy Abdomen
Ellura
Helina Fly
Whole
 
                      
Metalic Green Tomato Fly (Lamprolonchaea brouniana)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Lance Fly (Lonchaeidae)
Species: Metalic Green Tomato Fly (Lamprolonchaea brouniana)
This Photo:     Female: ventral

Thank you Tony Daley & Iain MacGowan for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~3.5mm long. The paper describing them says "possesses a distinctive pitted frons, which assists in distinguishing this species".
Males & females can be separated by the distance between the eyes. While in other fly species the male eyes often touch at the top, with these they are just closer together making it more difficult to distinguish.
We've photographed 7 specimens here, all in Oct & Nov.

Copyright © 2016-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Nov-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.