What are these bugs?
Hi – I took these pictures a few months ago with a Canon MP-E 65mm lens and MT-24EX flash. Actual size is about 6mm long? When in flight they appear to hover, not at all like the usual flies around here (Melbourne, Australia)

Hi Adam,
Identifying Flies is not our strong point, and we don’t even want to venture a guess at an Australian species. Your photos rock bigtime. Eric Eaton weighed in with this information: “The mating Australian flies are likely something in the family Platysomatidae, or the closely-related Otitidae (sometimes referred to as Ulidiidae). I know, clear as mud! Don’t blame me, I don’t make the taxonomic rules.”

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