Golden Bristle Fly
S1, Male, anterior
Golden Bristle Fly
S1, Male, Wing Venation
Golden Bristle Fly (Microtropesa sinuata)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bristle Fly (Tachinidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Golden Bristle Fly (Microtropesa sinuata)
This Photo:     🔍S1, Male, posterior🔎

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.

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This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.