Small Scarab Fly
Brown Nose Fly
S5, Male: dorsal
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Nose Fly (Rhiniidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Brown Nose Fly (Metallea incisuralis)|
|This Photo:||S1, Male: In the field|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
While both genders are ~8mm long, the male we measured was slightly smaller than the female. As with many fly species, the genders can be separated by the distance between the eyes; male eyes almost touching on top, female eyes well apart. Of course, genitalia has something to do with it, but that's harder to see in the field with flies
In the field they can be identified by a greenish gold velvet on their backs that wears in the middle showing a metallic bronze body.
The common name comes from the protruding lower part of the face, looking like a nose.
We photographed 10 specimens in Oct, Nov, Dec, Feb & March.