Ant Fly I
Ant Fly II 
Treehopper Mimicking Fly
Dotted-Wing Lauxaniid Fly
Black Lauxaniid Fly
Long-antenna Lauxaniid Fly
Orange Lauxaniid Fly I
Orange Lauxaniid Fly II
Orange-blue Lauxaniid Fly I 
Orange-blue Lauxaniid Fly II 
Black Stilt-legged Fly
Orange Stilt-legged Fly 
Leaf Miner Fly
Freeloader Fly I
Freeloader Fly II
Freeloader Fly III
Orange-blue Signal Fly
Orange-green Signal Fly
Green Signal Fly
Boatman Fly
Brown-banded Signal Fly I
Brown-banded Signal Fly II
Black-banded Signal Fly
Scarab Fly 
Queensland Fruit Fly
Wild Tobacco Fruit Fly
Ant-mimicking Fly
Water-skating Fly
Vinegar Fly
Unknown Acalyptrata  

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Orange and Black Fly I - Sapromyza sciomyzina

Family Lauxaniidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Orange and Black Vinegar Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 6mm
This fly is easily found in the dense forest in Yugarapul Park. Its head is dark blue in colour, face is white with a pair of dark red eyes. Its antenna are also dark blue. It has a orange thorax and dark blue abdomen. Its wings are clean or slightly yellowish-brown.
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The fly is usually found resting on leaves about a meter about ground.  
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Their larvae are believe living among fallen leaves and feeding on rotting plant materials and fungi.  
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On Oct 2012, we found a large group of them resting on a small area on Anstead Forest on a dre creek bed. 
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1. Australian Insects, An Introductory Handbook - Keith C. McKeown, 1945, p231.
2. Flies - family Drosophilidae - lifeunseen.com by Nick Monaghan. 
3. Lauxaniidae (Lauxaniid Flies) - Save Our Waterways Now, 2008. 

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Last updated: January 28, 2013.