Key to the Milesiini of Australia and New Zealand

Happy Christmas to our Antipodean friends!

I've been trying this out over the last few days and it seems to work for me. Suggestions for improvement are welcome.

There are not a huge number of these flies and they seem to mostly be large, distinctlive and charismatic.

I'd like to extend this further to the wider region but there's a just a couple of descriptions I can't get hold of - hopefully I'll do that at some point.

The 18 species covered are as follows:

Malometasternum rufocaudatum
Deineches fulva, D hackeri, D nudiventris

Odyneromyia illucens, O iridescens, O spadix, O transparens

Orthoprosopa (Orthoprosopa) grisea
Orthoprosopa (Paratropidia) bilineata, O (P) multicolor
Syritta hackeri, S luteinervis, S orientalis

Chalcosyrphus (Hardyimyia) elongata
Chalcosyrphus (Neploneura) pleuralis, C (N) victoriensis
Xylota flavitarsis

Posted on December 26, 2022 03:51 PM by matthewvosper matthewvosper


@edanko, @zdanko, @reiner this is one of the things I've been up to lately.... Hope it's of some use down under :)

Posted by matthewvosper over 1 year ago

Excellent work! I did some testing, and it haven't run into any troubles yet. I only wish you would spend some time illustrating these - it makes it so much easier to understand, and your work on the Volucellini key was very nice.

Posted by zdanko over 1 year ago


Yes it's a fair point about the illustration but I've gotten more choosy about what I illustrate because of the time it takes. Partly I hope people can use the linked observations in place of illustration. On the other hand these could mostly be illustrated by photos. @reiner as you've observed a lot of these, would you mind me using some of your pics for illustration as a start?

Posted by matthewvosper over 1 year ago

Top work @matthewvosper - I am happy for my images to be used in a feature like this.

Posted by reiner over 1 year ago

Great, thanks!

Posted by matthewvosper over 1 year ago

A few pictures added, a few more requested, but I shall add as I get permissions.

Posted by matthewvosper over 1 year ago

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