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Yellow-headed Snail Parasitic Blowfly - Amenia imperialis

Family Calliphoridae

This page contains pictures and information about Yellow-headed Snail Parasitic Blowflies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Female, body length 10mm
 
This Snail Parasitic Blowfly has the bright yellow head with metallic green body colour. We distinguished this fly from other Amenia species by its large bright yellow head and less white dots on body. 
 
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We found the fly resting on low plants on a dry creek bed.
 
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Photos were taken in Anstead Forest on Sep 2012. This fly is common in Anstead Forest along those creeks. 
 
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Female

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Male

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All the above males and femals photos were taken in Anstead Forest along those creeks. 
 

Reference:
1. Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland - Queensland Museum Publications 2000, p108.
2. Wildlife of Greater Brisbane - New edition, Published by Queensland Museum 2007, p138.
3. Morphometrics in the genus Amenia and revisionary notes on the Australian Ameniinae (Diptera: Calliphoridae), with the description of eight new species - Colless, 1998, Rec. Aust. Mus. 50(1): 85123. 
4. A systematic revision of the Ameniinae (Diptera: Calliphoridae) - Crosskey, R.W. 1965, Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist). Entomol. 16: 33-140. (23 August).
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Last updated: May 04, 2013.