Robber Flies (ASILIDAE)

Robber Flies (ASILIDAE)

Robber flies are a large family in Diptera with over 600 species in Australia. They are large and conspicuous and can be found resting on branches. They are aggressive predators, able to catch prey on the wing. Asilidae adults attack wasps, bees, dragonflies,...
Blowflies (CALLIPHORIDAE)

Blowflies (CALLIPHORIDAE)

Blowflies are relatively large Calyptrate flies, often an attractive blue-green, metallic colour. These are known as bluebottles and greenbottles. The larvae are scavengers of carrion. Females lay eggs in dead flesh. When the maggots hatch the meat is fly-blown....
Longlegged Flies (DOLICHOPODIDAE)

Longlegged Flies (DOLICHOPODIDAE)

Longlegged Flies Dolichopodidae are small to minute with bright metallic colors, mostly green or bronze. Adult Dolichopodid feed on smaller soft body insects such as aphids. Larvae are usually found in moist soil and under tree bark. They are either scavengers or...
Drosophilidae (Fruit Flies)

Drosophilidae (Fruit Flies)

Drosophilidae (Fruit Flies) Drosophilidae (Order: Diptera) is a diverse, cosmopolitan family of flies, including the genus Drosophila, which includes fruit flies, vinegar flies, wine flies, pomace flies, grape flies, and picked fruit-flies. (Wikipedia) Photo: Robert...
Lauxaniidae (Lauxaniid Flies)

Lauxaniidae (Lauxaniid Flies)

Cephaloconus tenebrosus Lauxaniidae is a family of acalyptrate flies with around 1500 described species in 126 genera distributed worldwide. Some, like this Cephaloconus tenebrosus are unusually shaped and appear to mimic other insects, possibly leafhoppers in this...
Muscidae (Muscid Flies)

Muscidae (Muscid Flies)

Ophyra sp. (Blue or Black Garbage Fly) Muscidae is a family of flies found in the superfamily Muscoidea, commonly known as house flies or stable flies. dults can be predatory, hematophagous, saprophagous, or feed on a number of types of plant and animal exudates. They...