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Amblypsilopus triscuticatus

Amblypsilopus triscuticatus


Animal cruelty !? The tiles in our bathroom became the centre of attention for a tiny but very attractive fly... 10mm long, red eyes, green striated thorax, yellow and black gradually banded abdomen.


Suburban home.


I hope it was just coincidence and the poor fly wasn't starving. Possibly a species of 'Long legged fly'? Yes! First record in Victoria on ALA... mostly seen near magroves in NSW !!? ID'd via Dr Ken Walker from Dr Dan Bickle, Australian Museum - thanks so much! Favourite.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 9 years ago
Long-legged fly
Family Dolichopodidae, Genus ? Dolichopodidae

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Woohoo.. an ID ! Thanks via Dr Ken Walker to Dr Dan Bickle, Australian Museum. No wonder it was a hard one... no previous records from Victoria - mangroves and eucy forest in NSW and Queensland... must be on holidays. Thanks Jolly, Andrea - on track with Dolichopodidae.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Thanks for the lead JI.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Looks like a long-legged fly family dolichopodidae

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Thanks Scott. I haven't had a really good go at this ID yet. The tile species is extinct.

ScottHarte 9 years ago

cool fly, wish I could help with the ID.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Thanks Chief, Ava. Gotcha Karen :)

KarenL 9 years ago

Haha, I saw the thumbnail & immediately though this a prank cartoon spotting from a new user! As Ava say, nice presentation!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Nice "presentation" on the tiles.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Thanks Daniele. I couldn't believe my luck when it walked onto the 'flowers'.

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Very elegant critter! Hope you find an ID.

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 14, 2012
Submitted on Dec 16, 2012

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