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Ceratopogonidae (family)

Biting Midge at Cook, ACT

Ceratopogonidae (family) at Cook, ACT - 28 Oct 2020
Ceratopogonidae (family) at Cook, ACT - 28 Oct 2020
Ceratopogonidae (family) at Cook, ACT - 28 Oct 2020
Ceratopogonidae (family) at Cook, ACT - 28 Oct 2020
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Identification history

Ceratopogonidae (family) 2 Nov 2020 KimPullen
Ceratopogonidae (family) 2 Nov 2020 KimPullen
Unidentified 31 Oct 2020 CathB

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This tiny fly was perched on the back of the larger fly in sighting 4354301. It flew off when I accidentally disturbed it.

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KimPullen wrote:
   2 Nov 2020
Some Sand fly species are notorious for biting humans; others predate other small insects; yet others, like this one, are short-term parasites of other larger insects, sucking their body juices.
jgl wrote:
   3 Nov 2020
'Biting midge' is a less ambiguous term than 'sand fly'/'sandfly'' for ceratopogonids, as we have phlebotomine psychodids in northern Australia - use of the term 'sand fly' for ceratopognids is uncommon outsided the USA.

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Phycitinae sp. (subfamily) (A snout moth) at Cook, ACT - 19 Dec 2021 by CathB
Arrade destituta (Arrade destituta) at Cook, ACT - 19 Dec 2021 by CathB
Celaenia calotoides (Bird-dropping spider) at Cook, ACT - 16 Dec 2021 by CathB
Caesia calliantha (Blue Grass-lily) at Cook, ACT - 15 Dec 2021 by SarahHnatiuk
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Ephemeroptera sp. (order) (Unidentified Mayfly) at Cook, ACT - 23 Nov 2021 by CathB
Melanterius sp. (genus) (Unidentified Melanterius weevil) at Cook, ACT - 23 Nov 2021 by CathB
Tetragnatha sp. (genus) (Long-jawed spider) at Cook, ACT - 22 Nov 2021 by CathB
Macrobathra desmotoma ( A Cosmet moth) at Cook, ACT - 22 Nov 2021 by CathB
Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail) at Cook, ACT - 22 Nov 2021 by CathB
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Hypoxylon sp. at Cook, ACT - 11 Oct 2021 by tpreston
Limnodynastes tasmaniensis (Spotted Grass Frog) at Cook, ACT - 11 Oct 2021 by tpreston
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Scopula rubraria (Plantain Moth) at Cook, ACT - 11 Oct 2021 by tpreston
Stackhousia monogyna (Creamy Candles) at Cook, ACT - 11 Oct 2021 by tpreston
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Stackhousia monogyna (Creamy Candles) at Cook, ACT - 27 Sep 2021 by drakes
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Anthoceros sp. at Cook, ACT - 16 Sep 2021 by CathB
Plecoptera sp. (order) (Unidentified Stone fly) at Cook, ACT - 10 Sep 2021 by CathB
Acacia pravissima (Wedge-leaved Wattle) at Cook, ACT - 9 Sep 2021 by drakes
Acacia rubida (Red-leaved Wattle) at Cook, ACT - 16 Aug 2021 by drakes
Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle, Golden Mimosa) at Cook, ACT - 2 Aug 2021 by drakes
Parmeliaceae (A lichen family) at Cook, ACT - 1 Aug 2021 by drakes
Coprinellus etc. (An Inkcap) at Cook, ACT - 4 Jul 2021 by drakes
zz agaric (stem; gills white/cream) at Cook, ACT - 4 Jul 2021 by drakes
Cortinarius sp. (Cortinarius) at Cook, ACT - 20 Jun 2021 by drakes
zz agaric (stem; gills white/cream) at Cook, ACT - 27 May 2021 by drakes
Eucalyptus melliodora (Yellow Box) at Cook, ACT - 9 May 2021 by drakes
Orobanche minor (Broomrape) at Cook, ACT - 6 May 2021 by drakes
Eucalyptus rubida subsp. rubida (Candlebark) at Cook, ACT - 3 May 2021 by drakes
Gymnopilus junonius (Gymnopilus junonius) at Cook, ACT - 8 Apr 2021 by drakes
Phylloporus sp. (Phylloporus sp.) at Cook, ACT - 8 Apr 2021 by drakes
Amanita sp. (Amanita sp.) at Cook, ACT - 1 Apr 2021 by drakes
Tiliqua scincoides scincoides (Eastern Blue-tongue) at Cook, ACT - 1 Apr 2021 by drakes
Oenochroa and Artiastis (genera) at Cook, ACT - 9 Mar 2021 by CathB
Perga dorsalis (Steel-blue sawfly, spitfire) at Cook, ACT - 26 Feb 2021 by CathB
Camponotus nigroaeneus (Sugar ant) at Cook, ACT - 19 Feb 2021 by CathB
Neotartessus flavipes (A leafhopper) at Cook, ACT - 13 Feb 2021 by CathB
Opisthoncus sp. (genus) (Unidentified Opisthoncus jumping spider) at Cook, ACT - 13 Feb 2021 by CathB
Rhytidoponera aspera (Greenhead ant) at Cook, ACT - 10 Feb 2021 by CathB
Tiphiidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Smooth flower wasp) at Cook, ACT - 9 Feb 2021 by CathB
Pluteus 'yellow' at Cook, ACT - 7 Feb 2021 by drakes
Rosa rubiginosa (Sweet Briar, Eglantine) at Cook, ACT - 24 Jan 2021 by drakes
Araneus circulissparsus (species group) (Speckled Orb-weaver) at Cook, ACT - 23 Jan 2021 by CathB
Camponotus suffusus (Golden-tailed sugar ant) at Cook, ACT - 23 Jan 2021 by CathB
Miridae sp. (family) (Unidentified plant bug) at Cook, ACT - 23 Jan 2021 by CathB
Diomus notescens (Little two-spotted ladybird) at Cook, ACT - 23 Jan 2021 by CathB
Paropsisterna m-fusca (Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle) at Cook, ACT - 23 Jan 2021 by CathB
Conocephalus sp. (genus) (A Tussock Katydid) at Cook, ACT - 21 Jan 2021 by CathB
Cadmus (Cadmus) litigiosus (Leaf beetle) at Cook, ACT - 21 Jan 2021 by CathB
Psyllidae sp. (family) (Unidentified psyllid or lerp insect) at Cook, ACT - 21 Jan 2021 by CathB
Opisthoncus sexmaculatus (Six-marked jumping spider) at Cook, ACT - 21 Jan 2021 by CathB
Psyllidae sp. (family) (Unidentified psyllid or lerp insect) at Cook, ACT - 21 Jan 2021 by CathB
Chalcidoidea sp. (superfamily) (A gall wasp or Chalcid wasp) at Cook, ACT - 21 Jan 2021 by CathB
Deliochus pulcher (Beautiful Deliochus spider) at Cook, ACT - 21 Jan 2021 by CathB
Lactuca serriola f. serriola (Prickly Lettuce) at Cook, ACT - 18 Jan 2021 by drakes
Ancita marginicollis (A longhorn beetle) at Cook, ACT - 9 Jan 2021 by CathB
Cynosurus echinatus (Rough Dog's Tail Grass) at Cook, ACT - 2 Jan 2021 by CathB
Dichelachne crinita (Long-hair Plume Grass) at Cook, ACT - 31 Dec 2020 by CathB
Lophyrotoma sp. (genus) (Sawfly) at Cook, ACT - 31 Dec 2020 by CathB
Psaltoda moerens (Redeye cicada) at Cook, ACT - 31 Dec 2020 by CathB
Comptosia apicalis (A bee fly) at Cook, ACT - 14 Dec 2020 by CathB
Convolvulus angustissimus subsp. angustissimus (Australian Bindweed) at Cook, ACT - 13 Dec 2020 by drakes
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Cook, ACT - 13 Dec 2020 by drakes
Hackelia suaveolens (Sweet Hounds Tongue) at Cook, ACT - 29 Nov 2020 by drakes
Acaena echinata (Sheeps Burr) at Cook, ACT - 29 Nov 2020 by drakes
Dissomorphia australiaria (Dissomorphia australiaria) at Cook, ACT - 27 Nov 2020 by AlisonMilton
Paropsisterna m-fusca (Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle) at Cook, ACT - 26 Nov 2020 by AlisonMilton
Goniaea opomaloides (Mimetic Gumleaf Grasshopper) at Cook, ACT - 26 Nov 2020 by AlisonMilton
Dolophones sp. (genus) (Wrap-around spider) at Cook, ACT - 26 Nov 2020 by AlisonMilton
Dicranosterna immaculata (Acacia leaf beetle) at Cook, ACT - 26 Nov 2020 by AlisonMilton
Leptotarsus (Macromastix) costalis (Common Brown Crane Fly) at Cook, ACT - 26 Nov 2020 by AlisonMilton
Coccidae sp. (family) (Unidentified coccid scale insect) at Cook, ACT - 26 Nov 2020 by AlisonMilton
Atrapsalta furcilla (Southern Mountain Squeaker) at Cook, ACT - 21 Nov 2020 by CathB
Clania lewinii (Lewin's case moth) at Cook, ACT - 21 Nov 2020 by CathB
Rosopaella cuprea (A leafhopper) at Cook, ACT - 21 Nov 2020 by CathB
Eurymeloides pulchra (Gumtree hopper) at Cook, ACT - 21 Nov 2020 by CathB
Eriococcidae sp. (family) (Unidentified felted scale) at Cook, ACT - 21 Nov 2020 by CathB
Holoplatys sp. (genus) (Unidentified Holoplatys jumping spider) at Cook, ACT - 21 Nov 2020 by CathB
Acanthonevroides jarvisi (A fruit fly) at Cook, ACT - 20 Nov 2020 by CathB
Edusella puberula (Leaf beetle) at Cook, ACT - 18 Nov 2020 by CathB
Orobanche minor (Broomrape) at Cook, ACT - 15 Nov 2020 by drakes
Lysimachia arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel, Blue Pimpernel) at Cook, ACT - 15 Nov 2020 by drakes
Eryngium ovinum (Blue Devil) at Cook, ACT - 14 Nov 2020 by drakes
Pergagrapta sp. (genus) (A sawfly) at Cook, ACT - 5 Nov 2020 by CathB
Petrorhagia sp. at Cook, ACT - 1 Nov 2020 by drakes
Camponotus suffusus (Golden-tailed sugar ant) at Cook, ACT - 1 Nov 2020 by MattFox
Inopus rubriceps (Sugarcane Soldier Fly) at Cook, ACT - 28 Oct 2020 by CathB
Lasioglossum sp. (genus) (Halictid bee) at Cook, ACT - 20 Oct 2020 by CathB
Bethylidae sp. (family) (Bethylid wasp) at Cook, ACT - 20 Oct 2020 by CathB
Capusa (genus) (Wedge moth) at Cook, ACT - 20 Oct 2020 by CathB
Miridae sp. (family) (Unidentified plant bug) at Cook, ACT - 11 Oct 2020 by CathB
Myosotis discolor (Forget-me-not) at Cook, ACT - 8 Oct 2020 by CathB
Stackhousia monogyna (Creamy Candles) at Cook, ACT - 5 Oct 2020 by JasonC
Symphypleona sp. (order) (Globular springtail) at Cook, ACT - 17 Sep 2020 by CathB

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 28 Oct 2020 05:26 PM Recorded on
  • CathB Recorded by

Additional information

  • Perched on Inopus rubriceps Associated Insect
  • Less than 5mm Animal size

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