Metalic Green Tomato Fly
Female: profile
Ellura
Metalic Green Tomato Fly
Male: Face
 
      
Metalic Green Tomato Fly (Lamprolonchaea brouniana)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Lance Fly (Lonchaeidae)
Species: Metalic Green Tomato Fly (Lamprolonchaea brouniana)
This Photo:     Female: Face

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

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~3.5mm long. The paper describing them says "possesses a distinctive pitted frons, which assists in distinguishing this species".
Males & females can be separated by the distance between the eyes. While in other fly species the male eyes often touch at the top, with these they are just closer together making it more difficult to distinguish.
We've photographed 7 specimens here, all in Oct & Nov.

Copyright © 2020- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 11-Oct-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.