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When alive, these flies are remarkable for their consistent orientation, with the head directed downwards while on a vertical surface. As compensation, they can run in any direction without turning the body. Neurochaeta inversa McAlpine usually lives in all stages of the cunjevoi plant, Alocasia brisbanensis (Araceae), but may transfer to the introduced Zantedeschia aethiopica (B. Day, pers. comm.). Adults of Nothoasteia clausa McAlpine live, at least by day, deep in the crowns of Xanthorrhoea preissii (Xanthorrhoeaceae) in Western Australia.



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