- This page contains pictures and information about Tangle-vein Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia
- This family is easily recognised by the complex wing venation. Tangle-vein
Fly has five to seven nearly parallel branches of veins reaching the anterior margin of the wing.
The flies are large to medium size with hairy body. The larvae are parasitic
on insects includes grasshoppers. Not much is known about their
- Brown Tangle-vein Fly
- Atriadops javana, Subfamily Atriadopinae, body length 10mm
Pictures were taken in Alexandra Hill bushland. The second picture shows the
fly get caught in a spider web. Please check this page
for more information.
- Yellow Tangle-vein Fly
- Trichophthalma sp., Subfamily Nemestrininae, body length 15mm
- The fly is golden yellowish-brown in colour, with large and pointy abdomen. Its body is covered with short hairs. Its large pair of dark red
compound eyes covered most of its head. It has the long mouth parts. Its
pair of wings is tinted in brown. At first sight in the field we thought this is a
Beefly. Went back home
and looked at the photos, from its complex wing veins, we recognized it is a
Tangle-vein Fly. We have more pictures and information in this page.
- 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.
- 5. Family NEMESTRINIDAE - Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory.
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