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Adults occur on or near Australasian maritime beaches between 28° and 54° S and between 115°E and 175° W. According to label data, specimens have been collected on Anisotome antipoda, A. latifolia, and A. scutifolia (Apiaceae), Casinia (Asteraceae), Senecio stewartiae and Sonchus grandiflora (Asteraceae), Lepidium oleraceum (Brassicaceae), Coprosma (Rubiaceae), Hebe elliptica (Scrophulariaceae), Cryophytum flowers (Aizoaceae), Lupinus (Fabaceae), Salicornia (Chenopodiaceae), Polystichum (Polypodiaceae), Durvillea (Durvilleaceae), Myrsine (Myrsinaceae), Carex (Cyperaceae), Chrysobactron rossi and Bulbinella sedge (Asphodelaceae), Poa astonia (Poaceae), tussock grass, decaying seaweed, kelp, on dead stingray, near sea lion wallow, around Royal Albatross nest and at light. Adults have been reared from Hebe sp. and Urtica aucklandicus nettle (Urticaceae), Stilbocarpa polaris (Araliaceae) and from kelp according to label data. These plants were probably rotting, though this is not stated on the labels, because the larvae are saprophagous (R. Meier, pers. comm.). Larvae have been found in Stilbocarpa polaris (Araliaceae), tussock grass, old kelp and sooty albatross nest material. (Brake & Mathis 2007)


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© Irina Brake

Source: The Diptera Site

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