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Green Long Legged Fly - Austrosciapus connexus

Family Dolichopodidae

This page contains pictures and information about Dolichopodid Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
 
Body length 5mm, male, notice the 360 twisting of the male postabdomen.  
 
This fly is  metallic green and its wings are transparent with black pattern. They are common in Brisbane.
 
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Male
 
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They are usually found resting on board green smooth leaves, fly back to original position after disturbing.  
 
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Female 
 
The Long-legged Fly has the wing vein M branched to M1 and M2, M1arc with round angle bend to apex. Vein  m-cu is straight. Wings with distinct transverse dark brown markings distinctly joined together across anterior margin of wing. The join of wing band extended to R4+5. 
 
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Haltere is yellow in colour. 
 
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This species look very similar to the other species Austrosciapus proximus. Both species are common in Brisbane. We may have mixed them up in the two web pages. 
 

Reference:
1. Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland - Queensland Museum Publications 2000, p106.
2. The Australian Sciapodinae (Diptera: Dolichopodidae), with a review of the Oriental and Australasian faunas, and a world conspectus of the subfamily - Bickel, Daniel J. 1994, records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 21: 1-394 [174].  

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Last updated: February 17, 2013.