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Banded signal fly with false eyes

Euprosopia tenuicornis


This looks like a type of signal fly. It appears to have eyes in the back of its thorax.


On hop bush in parklands

1 Species ID Suggestions

Black-banded Signal Fly
Euprosopia tenuicornis Black-banded Signal Fly - Euprosopia tenuicornis

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MartinL 6 years ago

Thank you Fyn for the nomination.
Its a cool creature, and as is often the case, the 'eyes' were not even noticed until afterwards.
Thank you jeslowery.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

jeslowery 6 years ago

cool series - what an interesting insect.

MartinL 6 years ago

Thanks Rik.
Thanks Leuba

RikMartin 6 years ago

An amazing fly good photos too

MartinL 6 years ago

I though you might like that, Daniele

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Very interesting! Thank you Martin.

MartinL 6 years ago

Thanks Sarah.
It looks like a mouse to me, looking over to your right shoulder.

sarahaw1981 6 years ago

Very interesting! Oddly beautiful :-) nice sighting!

MartinL 6 years ago

Looks like this one?

Black-banded Signal Fly
Euprosopia tenuicornis

MartinL 6 years ago

Thanks Mark and Ash.
There are certainly many jumping spiders here at the moment.
I shall post some spiders shortly
It has been very dry this season but there are still many treats for the observant eye.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Very interesting. Hope you're having a good time there - must have some amazing species !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

You're right... Platystomatidae

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 6 years ago

I guess those eyes are mimicing jumping spider's anterior median eyes...nice find!

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on May 6, 2015
Submitted on May 14, 2015

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