Big Brown Bristle Fly
Blue Bristle Fly
Blue Bristle Fly (Rutilia sp ES02)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bristle Fly (Tachinidae)
Species: Blue Bristle Fly (Rutilia sp ES02)
This Photo:     🔍Dorsal🔎

Thank you James Lumbers for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
This fly was ~16mm long (body & head), weighing 210 milligrams.
It was very loud when in flew in near us on a hot day looking for some shade on the side of the caravan, just like the Big Brown Bristle Fly.
It sounded similar to a large wasp or big robberfly. It was difficult to get the blue seen with the naked eye with the photo's, which appear more green.
James suggested it might be Rutilia scutellata but genital examination is required with most of these Rutilia flies to separate them into species.

Copyright © 2019-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 17-Feb-2019
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.