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Empididae sp. (family)

Dance fly at Cook, ACT

Empididae sp. (family) at Cook, ACT - 6 Sep 2020
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Identification history

Empididae sp. (family) 8 Oct 2020 KimPullen
Empididae sp. (family) 11 Sep 2020 CathB

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Not sure if this behaviour was friendly or otherwise. They didn't stay for more photos.

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KimPullen wrote:
   8 Oct 2020
Unfriendly I would say - Dance flies prey on other insects.

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(family) (Money spider or Sheet-web spider) at Cook, ACT - 1 Feb 2022 by CathB Deliochus sp. (genus) (A leaf curling spider) at Cook, ACT - 1 Feb 2022 by CathB Glycine tabacina (Variable Glycine) at Cook, ACT - 25 Jan 2022 by drakes Bombyliidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Bee fly) at Cook, ACT - 17 Jan 2022 by drakes Cyperus sanguinolentus (A Sedge) at Cook, ACT - 17 Jan 2022 by drakes Nemophora sparsella (An Adelid Moth) at Cook, ACT - 9 Jan 2022 by CathB Exoneura sp. (genus) (A reed bee) at Cook, ACT - 9 Jan 2022 by CathB Stomorhina sp. (genus) (Snout fly) at Cook, ACT - 9 Jan 2022 by CathB Coryphistes ruricola (Bark-mimicking Grasshopper) at Cook, ACT - 8 Jan 2022 by CathB Dicranolaius villosus (Melyrid flower beetle) at Cook, ACT - 28 Dec 2021 by CathB Caesia calliantha (Blue Grass-lily) at Cook, ACT - 28 Dec 2021 by CathB Thysanotus tuberosus (Common Fringe-lily) at Cook, ACT - 28 Dec 2021 by CathB Tetrigidae (family) (Pygmy grasshopper) at Cook, ACT - 28 Dec 2021 by CathB Dolophones sp. (genus) (Wrap-around Spider) at Cook, ACT - 19 Dec 2021 by CathB Senecio quadridentatus (Cotton Fireweed) at Cook, ACT - 19 Dec 2021 by drakes Senecio bathurstianus (Rough Fireweed) at Cook, ACT - 12 Dec 2021 by drakes Tetrigidae (family) (Pygmy grasshopper) at Cook, ACT - 6 Dec 2021 by CathB Cyperus eragrostis (Umbrella Sedge) at Cook, ACT - 5 Dec 2021 by drakes Acacia mearnsii (Black Wattle) at Cook, ACT - 5 Dec 2021 by drakes Thysanotus tuberosus (Common Fringe-lily) at Cook, ACT - 27 Nov 2021 by Tammy Sisyrinchium rosulatum (Scourweed) at Cook, ACT - 24 Nov 2021 by drakes Hypericum gramineum (Small St Johns Wort) at Cook, ACT - 18 Nov 2021 by drakes Thysanotus tuberosus (Common Fringe-lily) at Cook, ACT - 18 Nov 2021 by drakes Leptorhynchos squamatus (Scaly Buttons) at Cook, ACT - 15 Nov 2021 by SusanneG Xerochrysum viscosum (Sticky Everlasting) at Cook, ACT - 15 Nov 2021 by SusanneG Dillwynia sp. at Cook, ACT - 15 Nov 2021 by SusanneG Hednota bivittella (Webworm) at Cook, ACT - 11 Nov 2021 by CathB Phytoecia coerulescens (Paterson's curse stem beetle) at Cook, ACT - 5 Nov 2021 by CathB Sonchus oleraceus (Annual Sowthistle) at Cook, ACT - 26 Oct 2021 by drakes Dianella revoluta var. revoluta (Black-Anther Flax Lily) at Cook, ACT - 26 Oct 2021 by drakes Calotis lappulacea (Yellow Burr Daisy) at Cook, ACT - 25 Oct 2021 by drakes Plebs bradleyi (Enamelled spider) at Cook, ACT - 25 Oct 2021 by CathB Opisthoncus sp. (genus) (Unidentified Opisthoncus jumping spider) at Cook, ACT - 24 Oct 2021 by CathB Cryptocephalinae (sub-family) (A case-bearing leaf beetle) at Cook, ACT - 23 Oct 2021 by CathB Plecoptera sp. (order) (Unidentified Stone fly) at Cook, ACT - 23 Oct 2021 by CathB Tipulidae or Limoniidae (family) (Unidentified Crane Fly) at Cook, ACT - 23 Oct 2021 by CathB Sandalodes bipenicillatus (Double-brush jumper) at Cook, ACT - 22 Oct 2021 by CathB Heliocosma (genus) (A Tortricid moth) at Cook, ACT - 22 Oct 2021 by CathB Tetrigidae (family) (Pygmy grasshopper) at Cook, ACT - 22 Oct 2021 by CathB Thysanotus patersonii (Twining Fringe Lily) at Cook, ACT - 18 Oct 2021 by drakes Hypochaeris glabra (Smooth Catsear) at Cook, ACT - 18 Oct 2021 by drakes Gnathifera eurybias (A Fringe-tufted Moth) at Cook, ACT - 15 Oct 2021 by CathB Ceratopogonidae (family) (Biting Midge) at Cook, ACT - 15 Oct 2021 by CathB Melobasis propinqua (Propinqua jewel beetle) at Cook, ACT - 15 Oct 2021 by CathB
Rosa rubiginosa (Sweet Briar, Eglantine) at Cook, ACT - 17 Mar 2023 by lbradley
Paropsis atomaria (Eucalyptus leaf beetle) at Cook, ACT - 23 Feb 2023 by CathB
Peritropha oligodrachma (A twig moth) at Cook, ACT - 23 Feb 2023 by CathB
Macrobathra (genus) (A cosmet moth) at Cook, ACT - 19 Feb 2023 by CathB
Conocephalus upoluensis (Meadow Katydid) at Cook, ACT - 19 Feb 2023 by CathB
Neola semiaurata (Wattle Notodontid Moth) at Cook, ACT - 9 Feb 2023 by CathB
Obrida fascialis (One banded longicorn) at Cook, ACT - 29 Jan 2023 by CathB
Oxyopes sp. (genus) (Lynx spider) at Cook, ACT - 29 Jan 2023 by CathB
Nemophora sparsella (An Adelid Moth) at Cook, ACT - 24 Jan 2023 by CathB
Dolophones sp. (genus) (Wrap-around Spider) at Cook, ACT - 23 Jan 2023 by CathB
Endotricha pyrosalis (A Pyralid moth) at Cook, ACT - 23 Jan 2023 by CathB
Runcinia acuminata (Pointy Crab Spider) at Cook, ACT - 19 Jan 2023 by CathB
Megachile (Hackeriapis) oblonga (A Megachild bee) at Cook, ACT - 19 Jan 2023 by CathB
Snellenia lineata (A concealer moth) at Cook, ACT - 16 Jan 2023 by CathB
Nemophora sparsella (An Adelid Moth) at Cook, ACT - 16 Jan 2023 by CathB
Monophlebidae sp. (family) (Mealy Bugs) at Cook, ACT - 16 Jan 2023 by CathB
Nabis sp. (genus) (Damsel bug) at Cook, ACT - 16 Jan 2023 by CathB
Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Cook, ACT - 7 Jan 2023 by Tammy
Neolucia agricola (Fringed Heath-blue) at Cook, ACT - 20 Dec 2022 by CathB
Glyphipterix perimetalla (Five-bar Sedge-moth) at Cook, ACT - 19 Dec 2022 by CathB
Lichenaula lichenea (Lichenaula lichenea) at Cook, ACT - 19 Dec 2022 by CathB
Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Cook, ACT - 9 Dec 2022 by Chantal
Reduviidae (family) (An assassin bug) at Cook, ACT - 3 Dec 2022 by patrickcox
Taractrocera papyria (White-banded Grass-dart) at Cook, ACT - 10 Nov 2022 by CathB
Trichocolletes sp. (genus) (Spring Bee) at Cook, ACT - 10 Nov 2022 by Tammy
Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Cook, ACT - 10 Nov 2022 by Tammy
Megachile (Hackeriapis) oblonga (A Megachild bee) at Cook, ACT - 10 Nov 2022 by Tammy
Trapezites phigalia (Heath Ochre) at Cook, ACT - 10 Nov 2022 by Tammy
Carphurus sp. (genus) (Soft-winged flower beetle) at Cook, ACT - 9 Nov 2022 by CathB
Amphirhoe sloanei (Longicorn or Longhorn beetle) at Cook, ACT - 9 Nov 2022 by CathB
Larinus latus (Onopordum seed weevil) at Cook, ACT - 9 Nov 2022 by CathB
Plebs bradleyi (Enamelled spider) at Cook, ACT - 25 Oct 2022 by Tammy
Plebs bradleyi (Enamelled spider) at Cook, ACT - 24 Oct 2022 by CathB
Oxalis sp. (Wood Sorrel) at Cook, ACT - 10 Oct 2022 by lbradley
Fumaria bastardii (Bastard Fumitory) at Cook, ACT - 9 Oct 2022 by drakes
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) lanarium (Halictid bee) at Cook, ACT - 9 Oct 2022 by CathB
Pinus radiata (Monterey or Radiata Pine) at Cook, ACT - 3 Oct 2022 by lbradley
Nacoleia rhoeoalis (Spilomelinae) at Cook, ACT - 25 Sep 2022 by CathB
Lanciana montana (Montane Ground Shield-back) at Cook, ACT - 25 Sep 2022 by CathB
Plecoptera sp. (order) (Unidentified Stone fly) at Cook, ACT - 25 Sep 2022 by CathB
Aradellus cygnalis (An assassin bug) at Cook, ACT - 24 Jul 2022 by CathB
Trachymela sp. (genus) (Brown button beetle) at Cook, ACT - 26 May 2022 by CathB
Dermocybe austroveneta (Green Skinhead) at Cook, ACT - 18 May 2022 by Tammy
Tiliqua scincoides scincoides (Eastern Blue-tongue) at Cook, ACT - 25 Apr 2022 by CathB
Acacia genistifolia (Early Wattle) at Cook, ACT - 24 Apr 2022 by drakes
Chorista australis (Autumn scorpion fly) at Cook, ACT - 5 Apr 2022 by Tammy
Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail) at Cook, ACT - 5 Apr 2022 by Tammy
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle) at Cook, ACT - 3 Apr 2022 by drakes
Poneridia macdonaldi (Leaf beetle) at Cook, ACT - 25 Mar 2022 by CathB
Heteronympha penelope (Shouldered Brown) at Cook, ACT - 15 Mar 2022 by drakes
Trogodendron fasciculatum (Yellow-horned Clerid) at Cook, ACT - 24 Feb 2022 by CathB
Phalaenoides tristifica (Willow-herb Day-moth) at Cook, ACT - 19 Feb 2022 by CathB
Plectobela undescribed species (A concealer moth) at Cook, ACT - 13 Feb 2022 by CathB
Conocephalus upoluensis (Meadow Katydid) at Cook, ACT - 13 Feb 2022 by CathB
Rhytiphora albocincta (Longhorn beetle) at Cook, ACT - 11 Feb 2022 by CathB
Adelium pustulosum (Darkling beetle) at Cook, ACT - 1 Feb 2022 by CathB
Linyphiidae sp. (family) (Money spider or Sheet-web spider) at Cook, ACT - 1 Feb 2022 by CathB
Deliochus sp. (genus) (A leaf curling spider) at Cook, ACT - 1 Feb 2022 by CathB
Glycine tabacina (Variable Glycine) at Cook, ACT - 25 Jan 2022 by drakes
Bombyliidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Bee fly) at Cook, ACT - 17 Jan 2022 by drakes
Cyperus sanguinolentus (A Sedge) at Cook, ACT - 17 Jan 2022 by drakes
Nemophora sparsella (An Adelid Moth) at Cook, ACT - 9 Jan 2022 by CathB
Exoneura sp. (genus) (A reed bee) at Cook, ACT - 9 Jan 2022 by CathB
Stomorhina sp. (genus) (Snout fly) at Cook, ACT - 9 Jan 2022 by CathB
Coryphistes ruricola (Bark-mimicking Grasshopper) at Cook, ACT - 8 Jan 2022 by CathB
Dicranolaius villosus (Melyrid flower beetle) at Cook, ACT - 28 Dec 2021 by CathB
Caesia calliantha (Blue Grass-lily) at Cook, ACT - 28 Dec 2021 by CathB
Thysanotus tuberosus (Common Fringe-lily) at Cook, ACT - 28 Dec 2021 by CathB
Tetrigidae (family) (Pygmy grasshopper) at Cook, ACT - 28 Dec 2021 by CathB
Dolophones sp. (genus) (Wrap-around Spider) at Cook, ACT - 19 Dec 2021 by CathB
Senecio quadridentatus (Cotton Fireweed) at Cook, ACT - 19 Dec 2021 by drakes
Senecio bathurstianus (Rough Fireweed) at Cook, ACT - 12 Dec 2021 by drakes
Tetrigidae (family) (Pygmy grasshopper) at Cook, ACT - 6 Dec 2021 by CathB
Cyperus eragrostis (Umbrella Sedge) at Cook, ACT - 5 Dec 2021 by drakes
Acacia mearnsii (Black Wattle) at Cook, ACT - 5 Dec 2021 by drakes
Thysanotus tuberosus (Common Fringe-lily) at Cook, ACT - 27 Nov 2021 by Tammy
Sisyrinchium rosulatum (Scourweed) at Cook, ACT - 24 Nov 2021 by drakes
Hypericum gramineum (Small St Johns Wort) at Cook, ACT - 18 Nov 2021 by drakes
Thysanotus tuberosus (Common Fringe-lily) at Cook, ACT - 18 Nov 2021 by drakes
Leptorhynchos squamatus (Scaly Buttons) at Cook, ACT - 15 Nov 2021 by SusanneG
Xerochrysum viscosum (Sticky Everlasting) at Cook, ACT - 15 Nov 2021 by SusanneG
Dillwynia sp. at Cook, ACT - 15 Nov 2021 by SusanneG
Hednota bivittella (Webworm) at Cook, ACT - 11 Nov 2021 by CathB
Phytoecia coerulescens (Paterson's curse stem beetle) at Cook, ACT - 5 Nov 2021 by CathB
Sonchus oleraceus (Annual Sowthistle) at Cook, ACT - 26 Oct 2021 by drakes
Dianella revoluta var. revoluta (Black-Anther Flax Lily) at Cook, ACT - 26 Oct 2021 by drakes
Calotis lappulacea (Yellow Burr Daisy) at Cook, ACT - 25 Oct 2021 by drakes
Plebs bradleyi (Enamelled spider) at Cook, ACT - 25 Oct 2021 by CathB
Opisthoncus sp. (genus) (Unidentified Opisthoncus jumping spider) at Cook, ACT - 24 Oct 2021 by CathB
Cryptocephalinae (sub-family) (A case-bearing leaf beetle) at Cook, ACT - 23 Oct 2021 by CathB
Plecoptera sp. (order) (Unidentified Stone fly) at Cook, ACT - 23 Oct 2021 by CathB
Tipulidae or Limoniidae (family) (Unidentified Crane Fly) at Cook, ACT - 23 Oct 2021 by CathB
Sandalodes bipenicillatus (Double-brush jumper) at Cook, ACT - 22 Oct 2021 by CathB
Heliocosma (genus) (A Tortricid moth) at Cook, ACT - 22 Oct 2021 by CathB
Tetrigidae (family) (Pygmy grasshopper) at Cook, ACT - 22 Oct 2021 by CathB
Thysanotus patersonii (Twining Fringe Lily) at Cook, ACT - 18 Oct 2021 by drakes
Hypochaeris glabra (Smooth Catsear) at Cook, ACT - 18 Oct 2021 by drakes
Gnathifera eurybias (A Fringe-tufted Moth) at Cook, ACT - 15 Oct 2021 by CathB
Ceratopogonidae (family) (Biting Midge) at Cook, ACT - 15 Oct 2021 by CathB
Melobasis propinqua (Propinqua jewel beetle) at Cook, ACT - 15 Oct 2021 by CathB

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Location information

Species information

  • Empididae sp. (family) Scientific name
  • Dance fly Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 6 Sep 2020 02:49 PM Recorded on
  • CathB Recorded by

Additional information

  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size

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  • Confirmed by an expert moderator
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