- This page contains pictures and information about flies in Superfamily Tabanoidea
we have founded in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- This superfamily Tabanoidea
includes the March Flies Family Tabanidae
and other smaller size families. They are generalised by the wing venation
CuA reaching the wing margin or meeting 1A near its apex. Larvae are aquatic
- Family Rhagionidae
- Snipe Flies
- Flies in this family are usually small in size. They have slender body,
sparse hairs and long legs. Most of them are in dull colours. Some species
in this family suck blood.
- Family Tabanidae - March Flies
- March Flies are from small to large in size. They have large eyes with
reflective iridescent colour. Their wings always have the 'Y' shaped veins at
the tip. Usually there are the dense short hairs on their body. Most species of
female feed on blood before laying eggs. They target on horse, cattle and humans.
- Family Stratiomyidae -
- This is a moderately large size family. Soldier Flies are usually medium in
body size. We usually found them resting on plants.
Their Larvae are carnivorous and occur in various habitats such as aquatic, decaying materials and under
- Family Nemestrinidae - Tangle-veined
- 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.
- Family Acroceridae
- Small-head Flies
- Flies in this family are also known as Bladder flies for they have
the swollen, bladder-like thorax and the small head.
- Others - Please also visit this page, there are the flies
that we cannot identify yet.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p717.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p333.
- 3. Catalog of the Diptera of the Australasian and Oceanian Regions
- edited by Neal L. Evenhuis, Bishop Museum 2007.
- 4. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
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