Golden Bristle Fly
S2, Male: Palps & Proboscis
Mottled Brown Tachinid Fly
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Bristle Fly (Tachinidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Golden Bristle Fly (Microtropesa sinuata)|
|This Photo:||S1, Male: ventral|
Thank you Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~13-14mm. While difficult to see (needing a still specimen & a good camera or microscope) these large tachinids can be differentiate from large blowflies by the fact they have smooth arista. Blowflies generally have plumose arista.
We found 7 specimens (only 1 female), 2 were feeding on Dryland Tea-tree flowers, in Mar & Dec.