Subject: Bristle Fly?
Geographic location of the bug: Mittagong NSW
Time: 10:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Saw this today. Is it a Bristle Fly?
How you want your letter signed: Thanks and regards, Paul
This is a Tachinid Fly in the family Tachinidae, and members of this family are sometimes called Bristle Flies in Australia, but we are not entirely certain if that name is used for the entire family or just a few species, like Amphibolia vidua which is represented on our site under the common name Bristle Fly. We believe your individual is a different species, possibly Formosia speciosa, which is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site.