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The following is a list of 24 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]
  Unidentified Bee fly Bombyliidae sp.
  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)
Blow flies  
  A green/blue blowfly Chrysomya sp. (genus)
Bristle flies  
  A Bristle fly Chetogaster violacea/viridis (complex) Ptilogyna sp. [A crane fly]
  A Bristle fly Rutilia (Donovanius) sp. (genus & subgenus)
  A Bristle fly Tritaxys sp. (genus)
Crane flies, Mosquitoes and Gnats
  Midge Chironomidae sp. (family)
  A mosquito Culicidae sp. (family)
  A crane fly Ptilogyna sp. (genus)
  Black fungus gnat Sciaridae sp. (family)
Hover flies  
  A hover fly Melangyna sp. (genus)  
March or Horse flies   Miltinus sp. [A Mydas fly]
  Unidentified march or horse fly Tabanidae sp. (family)
Mydas flies  
  A Mydas fly Miltinus sp. (genus)
Robber flies  
  An 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)
Stiletto flies   Trichophthalma punctata [A Tangle-vein fly]
  Unidentified stiletto fly Therevidae sp. (family)
Tangle-vein flies  
  Tangle-vein fly Trichophthalma punctata
  Tangle-vein fly Trichophthalma sp. (genus)
Other True flies    
  A Soldier fly Odontomyia sp.  
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


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