Helina australasiae

This species is black with a blue tint and lighter pruinescent covering. The legs are entirely black. The haltere knobs blackish and the wing crossveins are not clouded. The antennae black with the arista plumose. There are 4 pairs of postsutural dorsocentral bristles and well developed presutural acrostichal bristles are present. Bodylength around 7mm. Only the male is described and is notable for having eyes well separated. H. australasiae belongs to a complex of similar looking species, all others of which either not fully ascribe to the aforementioned characters or are poorly described.

Male
Mid Novemeber 2015
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
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Helina australasiae male Helina australasiae male Helina australasiae male

Male
Late December 2015
Sandfly
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Helina australasiae male Helina australasiae male Helina australasiae male

Female
Late November 2016
Sandfly
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Helina australasiae female Helina australasiae female Helina australasiae female Helina australasiae female Helina australasiae female

Male
Mid November 2014
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
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Male
Early April 2019
Peter Murrell Reserve, Blackmans Bay

Male
Late December 2019
Mount Field National Park
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Male
Late January 2020
Ridgeway
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female
Early March 2021
Mount Wellington/kunanyi, near the pinnacle
IMG 8825

Mid December 2021
Lewisham
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IMG 1804

Mid January 2024
Dennes Point, Bruny Island
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IMG 9941  IMG 9942