Metz's Stiletto Fly
Pale Stiletto Fly
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Stiletto Fly (Therevidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Metz's Stiletto Fly (Laxotela metzi)|
|This Photo:||🔍Female, ventral🔎|
Thank you Dr Shaun Winterton for identifying and Dr Chris Lambkin for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
1st Live Photo on-line
1st Record on Atlas
Shaun said "Overall a good match, but those setae beside the antennae are are extending further down (as parafacials even) than any other specimen I seen of this species."
Chris said "Femoral velutum very hard to see as legs are folded, keys OK otherwise (as female lacking most defining characters!)"
We found one specimen in Oct.