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The following is a list of 48 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
  A Bee fly Comptosia quadripennis
  Unidentified Comptosia bee fly Comptosia sp. (genus)
  A Slender bee fly Geron sp. (genus)
  A bee fly Palirika decora
  Window-winged bee fly Pseudopenthes fenestrata
  Unidentified Villa bee fly Villa sp. (genus)
Blow flies  
  Unidentified blowfly Calliphora sp. (genus)
  A green/blue blowfly Chrysomya sp. (genus)
  Unidentified blowfly Lucilia sp. (genus)
Bristle flies  
  A Bristle fly Chetogaster violacea/viridis (complex) Ptilogyna sp. [A crane fly]
  A Bristle fly Prosena sp. (genus)
  A Bristle fly Rutilia (Donovanius) sp. (genus & subgenus)
  A Bristle fly Tritaxys sp. (genus)
Crane flies, Mosquitoes and Gnats
  White-kneed mosquito Aedes alboannulatus
  A Gall midge Austroacacidiplosis botrycephalae
  Garden maggot Bibio imitator
  Midge Chironomidae sp. (family)
  A mosquito Culicidae sp. (family)
  A limoniid crane fly Geranomyia sp. (genus)
  A crane fly Ptilogyna sp. (genus)
  Black fungus gnat Sciaridae sp. (family)
Hover flies  
  A hover fly Melangyna viridiceps  
  A hover fly Melangyna sp. (genus)  
  Common hover fly Simosyrphus grandicornis  
March or Horse flies   Miltinus sp. [A Mydas fly]
  Unidentified marchfly Dasybasis sp. (genus)
  A flower-feeding march fly Scaptia (Scaptia) auriflua
  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)
  A robber fly Cerdistus sp. (genus)
  A robber fly Chrysopogon muelleri
  A 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    
  Australian fruit fly Austrotephritis poenia  
  A Scarab fly Cardiacera sp. (genus)  
  A Muscid fly Helina sp. (genus)  
  A Muscid fly Melania sp. (genus)  
  A Soldier fly Odontomyia hunteri  
  Ant fly Parapalaeosepsis plebeia  
  A Lauxaniid fly Poecilohetaerus aquilus  
  Snout fly Stomorhina discolor  
  Snout fly Stomorhina 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


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