Metz's Stiletto Fly
Female, dorsal, wings closed
Ellura
Metz's Stiletto Fly
Female, profile
 
                      
Metz's Stiletto Fly (Laxotela metzi)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Stiletto Fly (Therevidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Metz's Stiletto Fly (Laxotela metzi)
This Photo:     🔍Female, dorsal, wings open🔎

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's on-line
1st Record on Atlas

~9mm long.
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.

Copyright © 2021-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 13-Oct-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.