Signal Fly

Family: Platystomatidae

Species: unknown

Location: Cedar Creek, Qld, Australia (4520)

These little guys eat poo, literally. They have a large proboscus presumably just for this purpose, and tend to congregate around mammalian faeces.

View all photos taken: Monday, 18th February 2008, This photo: 1:59pm


  • Meremail said:
    Great Saturday night reading. Excellent macro David
  • David de Groot said:
    Well I have to keep the level of conversation in line with previous posts, obviously ;-)
  • flash of light said:
  • zosterops said:
    Greta shot
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks for the tag Petricor - I presume that's the Genus ?

    One creatures waste is another's dinner... or something like that.

    Thanks :)
  • maasha said:
    "These little guys eat poo" ... But those boards look the same as on the leafy grasshopper shot -> picture taken on your balcony?
  • David de Groot said:
    Quite ! Damn dogs crapping everywhere.
  • Andrew Whittington said:
    Looks like Loxoneuroides variipennis Hendel, 1914 to me - very nice pic!
  • David de Groot said:
    That's quite possible and the figures 12-13 here, seem to be spot on.