Orange-faced Thick-headed Fly
Male, profile
Orange-faced Thick-headed Fly
Male, Antennae & Frons
Orange-faced Thick-headed Fly (Microconops sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Thick-headed Fly (Conopidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Orange-faced Thick-headed Fly (Microconops sp)
This Photo:     🔍Male, Face🔎

Thank you Tony Daley for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~6mm long.
Seems to be the closest in the 2010 paper by Schneider:
Totally smooth frons, not rugose, with no wrinkles.
Wing venation: Petiole to "R4+5" & "M", moderate length.
Wings Hayline.
Overall black with pale/grey pubescent stripes & orange/yellow frons. Frons not black anteriorly, but white.
Tips of antennae difficult to match exactly to drawings.

Copyright © 2020-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 12-Mar-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.