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

Thank you Tony Daley & Iain MacGowan & Dr Martin Hauser 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 © 2020-2021 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.