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Brown Tangle-vein Fly - Atriadops javana

Family Nemestrinidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Brown Tangle-vein Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia
Body length 10mm
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Pictures were taken in Alexandra Hill bushland on Feb 2006. The pictures show the fly get caught in a spider web. We thought this fly was a Beefly in family Bombyliidae. Dr Christine Lambkin send us email advised that this should be a member of the Family Nemestrinidae and the genus Atriadops. We believed it is the Atriadops javana. 
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This Tangle-vein Fly has five nearly parallel branches of veins reaching the anterior margin of the wing, The wings are dark brown in colour with creamy white spot patterns. 
We also found this fly in Karawatha forest on Apr 2004 and Apr 2010. 

1. Insects of Australia - CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p755.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p360.
3. A review of Australian Nemestrinidae (Diptera) -SJ Paramonov, Australian Journal of Zoology 1(2) 242 - 290, CSIRO 1953. 
4. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.

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