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

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 © 2020-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Oct-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.