to "drb", who left comments on my last two posts, telling me my unidentified bug could be a fruit fly. That was my first suspicion, but I've never seen a fruit fly.
drb also left a website address and the phone number for the fruit fly hotline.
Thank You, I couldn't find that number in my phone book.
I turned off the computer and called the number, got an email address, and sent them the three photos I had taken to confirm (or deny) that what I had was in fact a QLD fruit fly.
The images on the website are drawings rather than photos, so it's hard to be sure.
It's definitely not a Mediterranean (spelling?) fruit fly as those are black and speckled, according to the drawings.
But it does look like a QLD fruit fly.
Then I got a screwtop jar and went outside to catch that bugger!
He's inside the jar next to my computer now.
I felt I had to do this, because there are backyard fruit and veg gardens all around my home, and many more in the neighbourhood. I can't be jeopardising those gardens, or indeed the rest of the state's fruit production, just because I think he's a pretty little thing.
I'll let you all know as soon as I find out for sure.
I think I will also suggest to the fruit fly website that photos instead of or as well as drawings might make it easier for people to identify these flies. Wasps too.
6:44pm; I've had a reply from the fruit fly people, seems my pretty little bug is not a fruit fly, so I've let him go back into the garden.
1 hour ago