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Scarabfly

Cardiacera sp.

Description:

A fly with black patterns on wings and thin white thoracic marginsand slightly long legs. Antennae were pointy and black tipped. The fly was about 8 mm long.

Habitat:

Spotted on a gum tree in a park.

Notes:

Larvae of these flies are said to be parasitic on scarab beetles, hence the name scarabfly. Adult flies in this family are said to be nocturnal but are see out in daylight while they mate. There were a few flies on the trunk of this tree but I couldn't identify the genders.
Order: Diptera
Family: Pyrgotidae
http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations...

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1 Comment

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 months ago

Haven't heard of that family. Interesting little critters. Could it have been yet another one that prefers to rest head down on the tree trunks?

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 7, 2020
Submitted on Jan 15, 2020

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