Helina imitatrix is notable for the broad, poorly defined, fuscous medial stripe on the tawny thorax. The antennae are bicoloured with the first two segments tawny and the last blackish. The legs are tawny with the tarsi blackish. The haltere knobs are yellowish and the wing crossveins clouded. The antennae arista are not noticeably plumose. There are 4 pairs of postsutural dorsocentral bristles and well developed presutural acrostichal bristles are present. Bodylength around 7mm. Males have not been described. This species might be confused with Helinomydaea which have similarly coloured Australian species however these never have strong presutural acrostichal bristles.
Male, cf. Helina imitatrix
Late January 2022
Image by Elaine McDonald, used with permission.