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Posted on 15-07-2009 04:48

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Unidentified on Dill, Austins Ferry, Tasmania, Australia around the 11th of June.

Scale bar is about 2mm
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Posted on 15-07-2009 18:15

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Female Anthomyiidae. There are very few endemic species of this family in Australia, but it looks like Delia urbana Malloch as I think I can see an anteroventral seta on the mid tibia. But don't take this as a definite det.
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Posted on 16-07-2009 09:14

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A much higher resolution image is available at:


If it helps narrow it down.
Edited by ChrisR on 20-07-2009 09:58
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Thanks for the higher resolution photo, it makes it possible to identify it. It's not Delia urbana Mall. because the prealar setae is too long, and the anteroventral seta on mid tibia is also much longer than urbana. It is Adia cinerella Fall. note the protruding mouth margin. This fly is an introduced fly to Australia, and breeds in dung. Now found in most parts of the world. Probably came over in the C19 on a ship, and has spread all over Australia
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Posted on 20-07-2009 09:30

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As this is definite det, why don't you add it to the gallery?
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I agree - nice photo and we don't have a lot of anthos in the gallery Smile
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29.09.15 09:12
For Idiohelina, 3 Malloch's papers, Exotic Muscaridae III, XV, and XXXV

22.09.15 11:34
Species with mouth parts that appear to be 'similar', like Sargus, do feed on honeydew. I have never seen Hermetia in nature...

18.09.15 17:42
Thanks Paul, some sites report that it don't have functional mouth part, other sites say it feed nectar, some publications say it "probably" feed nectar and it's a pollinator.

18.09.15 11:57
Sounds like it might be. Do sites that 'say not' state that they do feed or don't they mention anything?

14.09.15 20:42
Question: is it true that the Hermetia illucens don't have functional mouth part? Some sites say yes and some other say not. It's a bit confused. Thanks Smile

30.08.15 16:23
looks like it! Grrrr.

29.08.15 15:14
Fauna Europaea unavailable again!?

28.08.15 22:58
I'm searching a Muscidae pdf for the New Zealand fauna (Idiohelina genus), I hope someone can help me with a link, thanks in advance!

23.08.15 19:58
Thanks Paul, I'll do it Wink

21.08.15 14:52
Send a PM to Gunnar. Wink

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