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Bird of Paradise Fly

Callipapus westwoodi (female)


Also known as Giant Scale Insect, the females are very different from males and much bigger. This specimen measured just over 2cm. It's a slow moving insect, brown in colour covered in white 'dust'. It took me a while to figure out what it was, as it was the first I ever saw and it reminded me of a cockroach.


Coastal scrub near Hopetoun, in the south of Western Australia.


They belong in the family Margarodidae.

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Felix Fleck
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Felix Fleck

Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on May 27, 2011
Submitted on Nov 20, 2016

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