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Signal fly

Pogonortalis doclea

Description:

Small 12mm, black short slightly hairy abdomen, thorax grey-black pattern, large magenta compound eyes, very small hair-like antennae, clear wings with a few distinct black markings, wings always busy.

Habitat:

Resting on new-growth eucalyptus stem, solitary, no other creatures in vicinity.

Notes:

Looks like a fly head stuck on a wasp body. Behaviour seemed waspish.. antennae and wings busy.

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4 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

I must admit this wasp got a little less interesting when it became a fly.

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Nice work argybee. I didn't know flies were that interesting. Actually I'm still not that sure that they are=).

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

More than enough thanks martin - got him.

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

I think its a fly based on the short antennae. Scroll through flies on Brisbane insects and various body types occur (eg; wasp mimic flies). Flies have halteres instead of the second pair of wings. Your wings are hard to see but I think I can spot the black halteres. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sundyliciou... I know nothing about flies - that's all I've got:(

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 4, 2012
Submitted on Jan 4, 2012

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