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The following is a list of 15 species that are members of the group of insects known as True flies** that have been observed on the Pinnacle Nature Reserve. It includes both those positively identified to the exact species as well as those incompletely identified.

All species listed are native to the area.

Photos below were taken on the Reserve by Alison Milton

 

  Common name Scientific name hover over image to see name
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Bee flies   Comptosia apicalis [White-tipped Bee fly]
  White-tipped Bee fly Comptosia apicalis
  Unidentified Comptosia bee fly Comptosia sp. (genus)
  A bee fly Palirika decora
  Unidentified Villa bee fly Villa sp. (genus)
Bristle flies  
  Bristle Fly Chetogaster violacea/viridis (complex)
Crane flies  
  Midge Chironomidae sp. (family)
  A crane fly Ptilogyna sp. (genus)
March or Horse flies  
  Unidentified march or horse fly Tabanidae sp. (family) Asiola fasciata [A robber fly]
Robber flies  
  Unidentified asiline Robber fly Asilinae sp. (subfamily)
  A robber fly Asiola fasciata
  A robber fly Blepharotes sp. (genus)
  Robber fly Cerdistus sp. (genus)
  Robber fly Leptogaster sp. (genus)
Tangle-vein flies  
  Tangle-vein fly Trichophthalma punctata
  Tangle-vein fly Trichophthalma sp. (genus)
       
Blepharotes sp. [A robber fly] Cerdistus sp. [A robber fly]

 

** True flies belong to the insect Order Diptera and are flies having two pairs of wings. Insects of this order use only a single pair of wings to fly, the hindwings having evolved into advanced mechanosensory organs known as halteres, which act as high-speed sensors of rotational movement and allow dipterans to perform advanced aerobatics.

 

For more photos from the Pinnacle and elsewhere in the ACT, follow this link to the Canberra Nature Map

https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Locations/Guide/63/277/0

 

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