Metallic Green Tomato Fly
Male: Hairy Abdomen
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Lance Fly (Lonchaeidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Metallic Green Tomato Fly (Lamprolonchaea brouniana)|
|This Photo:||Female: ventral|
Thank you Tony Daley, Iain MacGowan & Dr Martin Hauser 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.