Non-biting Green Midge
Pink-bellied Frit Fly
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta) iNaturalist Observation|
|Family:||Grass Fly (Chloropidae)|
|Species:||Pink-bellied Frit Fly (Gaurax sp ES02)|
|This Photo:||Female: dorsal|
Thank you Tony Daley for confirming the id and Kristi Ellingsen for helping with the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A pink belly,
orange body with black stripes AND white scutellum!
and finally hairy eyes
Similar looking to Ceratolauxania sp (Lauxaniid, different family), but smaller, less body hair, hairy eyes and different wing venation .... otherwise identical LOL
We were able to find the id to this species thanks to comments Tony made on iNaturalist observations, as well as the web site "Insects of Tasmania" that he and Kristi Ellingsen maintain.