Red-tailed Mydas Fly
Double Striped Tangle-veined Fly
Red-tailed Mydas Fly (Miltinus sp ES01)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Mydas Fly (Mydidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Red-tailed Mydas Fly (Miltinus sp ES01)
This Photo:     Ventral

Thank you Tony Daley for identifying and Dr Chris Lambkin & Dr Geoff Williams OAM, AM for helping with the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~24mm long. Chris corrected our id of Stiletto Fly (Therevidae) & Geoff suggested it resembled Miltinus stenogaster.
Tony said "Following Paramonov's key (1950), I get most near to M. atripes (male), differing from both male and female M. stenogaster by the black legs, as you infer above. Differs from the key and description by lacking long white pubescence on first visible tergite (reaching the second by their length), and Paramonov does not mention the well formed pale yellow pubescent lateral mesonotal markings, nor the wide pale medial vittae there when describing differences between the species."

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