Flies of all colours, shapes and sizes can be found in the Cairns Botanic Gardens. Probably not everybody’s favourite animal but flies are very important to the environment as they are decomposers of plant and animal matter as well as being pollinators for many species of plants. Flies are in the order Diptera and are found on every continent except Antarctica. Diptera are a huge order, with an estimate of over a million species across a number of families including various Crane flies, Mosquitoes, House flies, Horse flies and Blow flies. True flies are distinct from other flying insects as they only have one pair of wings.
The fascinating thing about flies is their incredibly sophisticated eyes. With most fly species, their eyes make up the majority of the head and are often a kaleidoscope of interesting colours and patterns. It gives the fly their incredible ability to escape predators as they have almost 360 degree vision.
In this edition of Buggin with Bridgey, I’ll be selecting some of the more fascinating and commonly seen species that can be found in the Wet Tropics as well as the Cairns Botanic Gardens.
Large Green Long Legged Fly (Chrysosoma leucopogon)
This species can be regularly seen throughout the Cairns Botanic Gardens zipping between the top surfaces of large round leaves. They are tricky little things to photograph as they are quite skitzy. With their absolutely stunning metallic body, you could easily imagine these little flies as futuristic robotic drones. There are also a lot of other species in this family, some coloured orange, red and a lot of other green variations.