Massive Bristle Fly
Metallic-faced Rutilia Fly
Metallic-faced Rutilia Fly (Rutilia simplex)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bristle Fly (Tachinidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Metallic-faced Rutilia Fly (Rutilia simplex)
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
A very large fly at 20mm body & head length.
James said "As far the current taxonomy goes, this is absolutely R. simplex. There are no other Rutilia (in Australia) with extensively metallic parafrontals (extending into the parafacial region)."

Copyright © 2015-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 28-Feb-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.