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Sciaridae sp. (family)

1 Black fungus gnat at Holt, ACT

Sciaridae sp. (family) at Holt, ACT - 12 Oct 2020
Sciaridae sp. (family) at Holt, ACT - 12 Oct 2020
Sciaridae sp. (family) at Holt, ACT - 12 Oct 2020
Sciaridae sp. (family) at Holt, ACT - 12 Oct 2020
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Identification history

Sciaridae sp. (family) 5 Aug 2022 MichaelMulvaney
Sciaridae sp. (family) 5 Aug 2022 RogerF
Mycetophilidae (family) 4 Dec 2020 MichaelMulvaney
Mycetophilidae (family) 2 Nov 2020 KimPullen
Sciaridae sp. (family) 26 Oct 2020 CathB

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User's notes

One gnat seen with pollen after leaving a flower (sighting 4350348)

3 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   2 Nov 2020
This looks like a male fungus gnat in the act of 'pseudocopulation' with the orchid. This has been quite well studied and for some orchids these insects are suspected to be the only pollinators.
RogerF wrote:
   5 Aug 2022
This is definitely a black fungus gnat Sciaridae, rather than a Mycetophilid.
   5 Aug 2022
Thanks Roger

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Artoriopsis sp. (genus) (Unidentified Artoriopsis wolf spider) at Holt, ACT - 7 Oct 2021 by CathB Ligustrum lucidum (Large-leaved Privet) at Holt, ACT - 3 Oct 2021 by MattFox Ranunculus lappaceus (Australian Buttercup) at Holt, ACT - 3 Oct 2021 by MattFox Paratettix australis (A pygmy grasshopper) at Holt, ACT - 27 Sep 2021 by CathB Salticidae sp. 'Golden palps' (Unidentified jumping spider) at Holt, ACT - 27 Sep 2021 by CathB Paederus sp. (genus) (Whiplash rove beetle) at Holt, ACT - 3 Sep 2021 by CathB Tetrigidae (family) (Pygmy grasshopper) at Holt, ACT - 13 Aug 2021 by CathB Clynotis severus (Stern Jumping Spider) at Holt, ACT - 25 Apr 2021 by CathB Stuartina muelleri (Spoon Cudweed) at Holt, ACT - 22 Oct 2020 by CathB Tineidae (family) (Clothes moths (Tineidae)) at Holt, ACT - 12 Oct 2020 by CathB
Artoriopsis sp. (genus) (Unidentified Artoriopsis wolf spider) at Holt, ACT - 7 Oct 2021 by CathB
Ligustrum lucidum (Large-leaved Privet) at Holt, ACT - 3 Oct 2021 by MattFox
Ranunculus lappaceus (Australian Buttercup) at Holt, ACT - 3 Oct 2021 by MattFox
Paratettix australis (A pygmy grasshopper) at Holt, ACT - 27 Sep 2021 by CathB
Salticidae sp. 'Golden palps' (Unidentified jumping spider) at Holt, ACT - 27 Sep 2021 by CathB
Paederus sp. (genus) (Whiplash rove beetle) at Holt, ACT - 3 Sep 2021 by CathB
Tetrigidae (family) (Pygmy grasshopper) at Holt, ACT - 13 Aug 2021 by CathB
Clynotis severus (Stern Jumping Spider) at Holt, ACT - 25 Apr 2021 by CathB
Stuartina muelleri (Spoon Cudweed) at Holt, ACT - 22 Oct 2020 by CathB
Tineidae (family) (Clothes moths (Tineidae)) at Holt, ACT - 12 Oct 2020 by CathB

Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 12 Oct 2020 04:52 PM Recorded on
  • CathB Recorded by

Additional information

  • Hymenochilus bicolor Associated plant
  • Less than 5mm Animal size
  • Male Gender

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