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Golden Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus iani

Family Rhagionidae

This page contains pictures and information about Golden Snipe Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Male, body length 6mm
This Snipe Fly has large head covered with very large eyes. Eyes are contiguous. The facets are very large on the upper side of eyes. Mesonotum and scutellum are black covered with golden yellow brown hairs. Halteres are yellow with brownish knob. Legs are golden colour as well. Wings are hyaline with yellow hairs on basicosta. Abdomen is golden and black banded. 
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Photos were taken on Dec 2008 Karawatha Forest, Nov 2011 Tingalpa and Feb 2012 Daisy Hills.

1. A review of Australian Leptidae (Diptera) - Paramonov, S. J. 1962, Australian Journal of Zoology 10: 113-169 [126]. 
2. Australian Rhyphidae and Leptidae (Diptera) - Hardy, G. H., 1919, Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania . pp. 117-129. 

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