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Scaptia patula

March fly at Acton, ACT

Scaptia patula at Acton, ACT - 21 Dec 2016
Scaptia patula at Acton, ACT - 21 Dec 2016
Scaptia patula at Acton, ACT - 21 Dec 2016
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Scaptia patula 29 Dec 2016 DaveFerg
Scaptia patula 29 Dec 2016 MichaelMulvaney
Unidentified 21 Dec 2016 JudithRoach

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Having a drink and a preen on a wet road in the Botanical Gardens.

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   22 Dec 2016
On the amateur entomology site on facebook one similar came up and they thought scaptia. This looks right. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaptia_auriflua

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(class) (Unidentified millipede) at Acton, ACT - 13 Jan 2021 by Ned_Johnston Castiarina crenata (Crenata jewel beetle) at Acton, ACT - 6 Jan 2021 by TimL Pieris rapae (Cabbage White) at Acton, ACT - 6 Jan 2021 by TimL Zosteria rosevillensis (A robber fly) at Acton, ACT - 29 Dec 2020 by RodDeb Palaeosia bicosta (Two-ribbed Footman) at Acton, ACT - 28 Dec 2020 by Roger Rivellia sp. (genus) (Signal fly) at Acton, ACT - 28 Dec 2020 by Roger Mordella dumbrelli (Pintail or tumbling flower beetle) at Acton, ACT - 27 Dec 2020 by TimL Archichauliodes (Riekochauliodes) guttiferus (Dobsonfly or Fishfly) at Acton, ACT - 23 Dec 2020 by Roger Helpis minitabunda (Jumping spider) at Acton, ACT - 18 Dec 2020 by AlisonMilton Plebs bradleyi (Enamelled Spider) at Acton, ACT - 18 Dec 2020 by TimL Opisthoncus sp. (genus) (Unidentified Opisthoncus jumping spider) at Acton, ACT - 18 Dec 2020 by AlisonMilton Leioproctus (Leioproctus) irroratus (Yellow-shouldered Bee) at Acton, ACT - 12 Dec 2020 by PeterA Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) sulthicum (A solitary bee) at Acton, ACT - 12 Dec 2020 by PeterA Leioproctus (Leioproctus) amabilis (A plaster bee) at Acton, ACT - 12 Dec 2020 by PeterA Euryglossa depressa at Acton, ACT - 10 Dec 2020 by PeterA Austroargiolestes icteromelas (Common Flatwing) at Acton, ACT - 8 Dec 2020 by Roger Perga sp. (genus) (Sawfly or Spitfire) at Acton, ACT - 2 Dec 2020 by WHall Austrosciapus connexus (Green long-legged fly) at Acton, ACT - 2 Dec 2020 by WHall Yoyetta robertsonae (Clicking Ambertail) at Acton, ACT - 1 Dec 2020 by HelenCross Stenocotis sp. (genus) (A Leafhopper) at Acton, ACT - 29 Nov 2020 by RodDeb Psaltoda moerens (Redeye Cicada) at Acton, ACT - 29 Nov 2020 by RodDeb Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at Acton, ACT - 26 Nov 2020 by TimL Enicospilus CNM sp1 (An Ophioninae Wasp) at Acton, ACT - 25 Nov 2020 by Roger Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) sp. (genus & subgenus) (Halictid bee) at Acton, ACT - 24 Nov 2020 by WHall Bibio imitator (Garden maggot) at Acton, ACT - 24 Nov 2020 by WHall Nyssus albopunctatus (White-spotted swift spider) at Acton, ACT - 24 Nov 2020 by WHall Holoplatys lhotskyi (Queensland Ultraflat) at Acton, ACT - 23 Nov 2020 by Roger Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at Acton, ACT - 21 Nov 2020 by TimL Coccinellidae sp. (family) (Unidentified lady beetle) at Acton, ACT - 20 Nov 2020 by rawshorty Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at Acton, ACT - 20 Nov 2020 by TimL Intellagama lesueurii (Eastern Water Dragon) at Acton, ACT - 18 Nov 2020 by Cpiiroinen Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) bicingulatum (Halictid bee) at Acton, ACT - 14 Nov 2020 by PeterA Euryglossa ephippiata (Saddleback Euryglossine Bee) at Acton, ACT - 14 Nov 2020 by PeterA Scaptia (Scaptia) auriflua (A flower-feeding march fly) at Acton, ACT - 13 Nov 2020 by HelenBoronia Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at Acton, ACT - 11 Nov 2020 by TimL Lipotriches (Austronomia) ferricauda (Halictid bee) at Acton, ACT - 11 Nov 2020 by HelenBoronia Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at Acton, ACT - 10 Nov 2020 by TimL Pseudonaja textilis (Eastern Brown Snake) at Acton, ACT - 7 Nov 2020 by Tim L Poecilasthena thalassias (Sea-blue Delicate) at Acton, ACT - 3 Nov 2020 by Christine Exoneura sp. (genus) (A reed bee) at Acton, ACT - 2 Nov 2020 by PeterA Catocheilus sp. (genus) (Smooth flower wasp) at Acton, ACT - 2 Nov 2020 by PeterA Lophyrotoma interrupta (Cattle Poisoning Sawfly) at Acton, ACT - 2 Nov 2020 by PeterA Vanessa itea (Yellow Admiral) at Acton, ACT - 23 Oct 2020 by TimL Saproscincus mustelinus (Weasel Skink) at Acton, ACT - 21 Oct 2020 by RodDeb
mycenoid at Acton, ACT - 18 Jun 2021 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 28 May 2021 by TimL
Coprinellus etc. (An Inkcap) at Acton, ACT - 11 May 2021 by Ned_Johnston
Hygrocybe sp. ‘red’ (A Waxcap) at Acton, ACT - 11 May 2021 by tpreston
Descolea sp. at Acton, ACT - 11 May 2021 by Ned_Johnston
Descolea sp. at Acton, ACT - 11 May 2021 by TimL
Mycena sp. at Acton, ACT - 5 May 2021 by TimL
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Acton, ACT - 22 Apr 2021 by RodDeb
Oryctolagus cuniculus (European Rabbit) at Acton, ACT - 22 Apr 2021 by RodDeb
Lycoperdon perlatum at Acton, ACT - 16 Apr 2021 by AndyRussell
Pseudomantis albofimbriata (False garden mantis) at Acton, ACT - 16 Apr 2021 by TimL
Lycoperdon perlatum at Acton, ACT - 14 Apr 2021 by WHall
Cacomantis flabelliformis (Fan-tailed Cuckoo) at Acton, ACT - 13 Apr 2021 by HelenCross
Turdus merula (Common Blackbird) at Acton, ACT - 13 Apr 2021 by HelenCross
Pseudomantis albofimbriata (False garden mantis) at Acton, ACT - 9 Apr 2021 by TimL
Myzomela sanguinolenta (Scarlet Honeyeater) at Acton, ACT - 31 Mar 2021 by RodDeb
Petroica rosea (Rose Robin) at Acton, ACT - 26 Mar 2021 by Christine
Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) at Acton, ACT - 24 Mar 2021 by ebristow
Nerthra sp. (genus) (Toad Bug) at Acton, ACT - 23 Mar 2021 by Roger
Arion intermedius (Hedgehog Slug) at Acton, ACT - 23 Mar 2021 by TimL
Anisorhynchodemus guttatus (Speckled flatworm) at Acton, ACT - 21 Mar 2021 by TimL
Megastigmus (genus) (Parasitic wasp) at Acton, ACT - 18 Mar 2021 by TimL
Scolia (Discolia) verticalis (Yellow-headed hairy flower wasp) at Acton, ACT - 18 Mar 2021 by TimL
Mysticarion porrectus (Golden Semi-slug) at Acton, ACT - 16 Mar 2021 by AlisonMilton
Lepidoptera sp. unclassified ADULT moth (Lepidoptera sp. unclassified ADULT moth) at Acton, ACT - 16 Mar 2021 by AlisonMilton
Hylaeus (Prosopisteron) primulipictus (Hylaeine colletid bee) at Acton, ACT - 8 Mar 2021 by PeterA
Scolia (Discolia) verticalis (Yellow-headed hairy flower wasp) at Acton, ACT - 4 Mar 2021 by Tammy
Mysticarion porrectus (Golden Semi-slug) at Acton, ACT - 3 Mar 2021 by WHall
Pseudonaja textilis (Eastern Brown Snake) at Acton, ACT - 28 Feb 2021 by TimL
Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at Acton, ACT - 28 Feb 2021 by TimL
Bisallardiana gymnopleura (Brown flower chafer) at Acton, ACT - 26 Feb 2021 by WHall
Ocybadistes walkeri (Greenish Grass-dart) at Acton, ACT - 26 Feb 2021 by TimL
Odontomyia sp. (genus) (Soldier fly) at Acton, ACT - 26 Feb 2021 by TimL
Dispar compacta (Barred skipper) at Acton, ACT - 26 Feb 2021 by TimL
Ctenotus taeniolatus (Copper-tailed Skink) at Acton, ACT - 26 Feb 2021 by TimL
Lipotriches (Austronomia) ferricauda (Halictid bee) at Acton, ACT - 21 Feb 2021 by TimL
Apis mellifera (European honey bee) at Acton, ACT - 20 Feb 2021 by TimL
Lipotriches (Austronomia) ferricauda (Halictid bee) at Acton, ACT - 20 Feb 2021 by TimL
Oligochaeta sp. (class) (Unidentified earthworm) at Acton, ACT - 20 Feb 2021 by Ned_Johnston
Hedera helix (Ivy) at Acton, ACT - 20 Feb 2021 by Tapirlord
Eutrichopidia latinus (Yellow-banded Day-moth) at Acton, ACT - 15 Feb 2021 by RodDeb
Lipotriches (Austronomia) phanerura (Halictid bee) at Acton, ACT - 15 Feb 2021 by RodDeb
Thereutria amaraca (Spine-legged Robber Fly) at Acton, ACT - 15 Feb 2021 by RodDeb
Lipotriches (Austronomia) ferricauda (Halictid bee) at Acton, ACT - 15 Feb 2021 by RodDeb
Megachile sp. (several subgenera) (Resin Bees) at Acton, ACT - 15 Feb 2021 by RodDeb
Ocybadistes walkeri (Greenish Grass-dart) at Acton, ACT - 15 Feb 2021 by RodDeb
Vanessa itea (Yellow Admiral) at Acton, ACT - 15 Feb 2021 by RodDeb
Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at Acton, ACT - 13 Feb 2021 by TimL
Rutilia (Donovanius) sp. (genus & subgenus) (A Bristle Fly) at Acton, ACT - 9 Feb 2021 by HelenCross
Bembix sp. (genus) (Unidentified Bembix sand wasp) at Acton, ACT - 7 Feb 2021 by TimL
Cornu aspersum (Common Garden Snail) at Acton, ACT - 7 Feb 2021 by TimL
Ctenotus taeniolatus (Copper-tailed Skink) at Acton, ACT - 7 Feb 2021 by TimL
Ichneumonidae sp. (family) (Unidentified ichneumon wasp) at Acton, ACT - 3 Feb 2021 by WHall
Epicoma melanospila (Black Spotted Epicoma) at Acton, ACT - 3 Feb 2021 by WHall
Oryctolagus cuniculus (European Rabbit) at Acton, ACT - 27 Jan 2021 by RodDeb
Porrostoma sp. (genus) (Lycid beetle, Net-winged beetle) at Acton, ACT - 13 Jan 2021 by Ned_Johnston
Diplopoda sp. (class) (Unidentified millipede) at Acton, ACT - 13 Jan 2021 by Ned_Johnston
Castiarina crenata (Crenata jewel beetle) at Acton, ACT - 6 Jan 2021 by TimL
Pieris rapae (Cabbage White) at Acton, ACT - 6 Jan 2021 by TimL
Zosteria rosevillensis (A robber fly) at Acton, ACT - 29 Dec 2020 by RodDeb
Palaeosia bicosta (Two-ribbed Footman) at Acton, ACT - 28 Dec 2020 by Roger
Rivellia sp. (genus) (Signal fly) at Acton, ACT - 28 Dec 2020 by Roger
Mordella dumbrelli (Pintail or tumbling flower beetle) at Acton, ACT - 27 Dec 2020 by TimL
Archichauliodes (Riekochauliodes) guttiferus (Dobsonfly or Fishfly) at Acton, ACT - 23 Dec 2020 by Roger
Helpis minitabunda (Jumping spider) at Acton, ACT - 18 Dec 2020 by AlisonMilton
Plebs bradleyi (Enamelled Spider) at Acton, ACT - 18 Dec 2020 by TimL
Opisthoncus sp. (genus) (Unidentified Opisthoncus jumping spider) at Acton, ACT - 18 Dec 2020 by AlisonMilton
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) irroratus (Yellow-shouldered Bee) at Acton, ACT - 12 Dec 2020 by PeterA
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) sulthicum (A solitary bee) at Acton, ACT - 12 Dec 2020 by PeterA
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) amabilis (A plaster bee) at Acton, ACT - 12 Dec 2020 by PeterA
Euryglossa depressa at Acton, ACT - 10 Dec 2020 by PeterA
Austroargiolestes icteromelas (Common Flatwing) at Acton, ACT - 8 Dec 2020 by Roger
Perga sp. (genus) (Sawfly or Spitfire) at Acton, ACT - 2 Dec 2020 by WHall
Austrosciapus connexus (Green long-legged fly) at Acton, ACT - 2 Dec 2020 by WHall
Yoyetta robertsonae (Clicking Ambertail) at Acton, ACT - 1 Dec 2020 by HelenCross
Stenocotis sp. (genus) (A Leafhopper) at Acton, ACT - 29 Nov 2020 by RodDeb
Psaltoda moerens (Redeye Cicada) at Acton, ACT - 29 Nov 2020 by RodDeb
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at Acton, ACT - 26 Nov 2020 by TimL
Enicospilus CNM sp1 (An Ophioninae Wasp) at Acton, ACT - 25 Nov 2020 by Roger
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) sp. (genus & subgenus) (Halictid bee) at Acton, ACT - 24 Nov 2020 by WHall
Bibio imitator (Garden maggot) at Acton, ACT - 24 Nov 2020 by WHall
Nyssus albopunctatus (White-spotted swift spider) at Acton, ACT - 24 Nov 2020 by WHall
Holoplatys lhotskyi (Queensland Ultraflat) at Acton, ACT - 23 Nov 2020 by Roger
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at Acton, ACT - 21 Nov 2020 by TimL
Coccinellidae sp. (family) (Unidentified lady beetle) at Acton, ACT - 20 Nov 2020 by rawshorty
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at Acton, ACT - 20 Nov 2020 by TimL
Intellagama lesueurii (Eastern Water Dragon) at Acton, ACT - 18 Nov 2020 by Cpiiroinen
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) bicingulatum (Halictid bee) at Acton, ACT - 14 Nov 2020 by PeterA
Euryglossa ephippiata (Saddleback Euryglossine Bee) at Acton, ACT - 14 Nov 2020 by PeterA
Scaptia (Scaptia) auriflua (A flower-feeding march fly) at Acton, ACT - 13 Nov 2020 by HelenBoronia
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at Acton, ACT - 11 Nov 2020 by TimL
Lipotriches (Austronomia) ferricauda (Halictid bee) at Acton, ACT - 11 Nov 2020 by HelenBoronia
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at Acton, ACT - 10 Nov 2020 by TimL
Pseudonaja textilis (Eastern Brown Snake) at Acton, ACT - 7 Nov 2020 by Tim L
Poecilasthena thalassias (Sea-blue Delicate) at Acton, ACT - 3 Nov 2020 by Christine
Exoneura sp. (genus) (A reed bee) at Acton, ACT - 2 Nov 2020 by PeterA
Catocheilus sp. (genus) (Smooth flower wasp) at Acton, ACT - 2 Nov 2020 by PeterA
Lophyrotoma interrupta (Cattle Poisoning Sawfly) at Acton, ACT - 2 Nov 2020 by PeterA
Vanessa itea (Yellow Admiral) at Acton, ACT - 23 Oct 2020 by TimL
Saproscincus mustelinus (Weasel Skink) at Acton, ACT - 21 Oct 2020 by RodDeb

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 21 Dec 2016 09:15 AM Recorded on
  • JudithRoach Recorded by

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