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Harpobittacus australis

Hangingfly at Bruce, ACT

Harpobittacus australis at Bruce, ACT - 4 Oct 2021
Harpobittacus australis at Bruce, ACT - 4 Oct 2021
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Identification history

Harpobittacus australis 11 Oct 2021 michaelb
Harpobittacus australis 11 Oct 2021 Tapirlord

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User's notes

Just one, host plant is d.auriculata

2 comments

michaelb wrote:
   11 Oct 2021
The adult Hangingflies have two pairs of wings, long spindly legs, and claws for gripping. They have biting and chewing mouthparts at end of a beak-like structure on the head, and good vision with their compound eyes. Both larvae and adult live in moist environments, such as marshes and soaks. When hunting they use their forelegs to hang from low vegetation, and capture small passing insects with their hind-legs. Their flexible claws will snap tight to hold a small insect.
Tapirlord wrote:
   11 Oct 2021
Very very interesting, thanks Michael. :)

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Nearby sightings

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Asterella sp. (genus) (A liverwort) at Bruce, ACT - 4 Sep 2022 by Ned_Johnston Eurepa marginipennis (Mottled bush cricket) at Bruce, ACT - 4 Sep 2022 by Ned_Johnston Acacia genistifolia (Early Wattle) at Bruce, ACT - 6 Aug 2022 by Tapirlord Hovea heterophylla (Common Hovea) at Bruce, ACT - 6 Aug 2022 by Tapirlord Olearia microphylla (Olearia) at Bruce, ACT - 6 Aug 2022 by Tapirlord Leucopogon attenuatus (Small leaved beard heath) at Bruce, ACT - 6 Aug 2022 by Tapirlord Eucalyptus rossii (Inland Scribbly Gum) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord Eucalyptus macrorhyncha (Red Stringybark) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord Eucalyptus polyanthemos subsp. polyanthemos (Red Box) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord Persoonia rigida (Hairy geebung) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord Monotoca scoparia (Broom Heath) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord Cryptandra amara (Bitter Cryptandra) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord Leptospermum multicaule (Teatree) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord Coronidium oxylepis subsp. lanatum (Woolly Pointed Everlasting) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord Eumeninae (subfamily) (Unidentified Potter wasp) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Ned_Johnston Cryptandra amara (Bitter Cryptandra) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Ned_Johnston Drosera auriculata (Sundew) at Bruce, ACT - 18 Oct 2021 by jbromilow50 Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Bruce, ACT - 4 Oct 2021 by Tapirlord Dillwynia sericea (Egg And Bacon Peas) at Bruce, ACT - 4 Oct 2021 by Tapirlord Brachyloma daphnoides (Daphne Heath) at Bruce, ACT - 28 Sep 2021 by Tapirlord Pimelea linifolia subsp. caesia (Slender Rice Flower) at Bruce, ACT - 28 Sep 2021 by Tapirlord
Asterella sp. (genus) (A liverwort) at Bruce, ACT - 4 Sep 2022 by Ned_Johnston
Eurepa marginipennis (Mottled bush cricket) at Bruce, ACT - 4 Sep 2022 by Ned_Johnston
Acacia genistifolia (Early Wattle) at Bruce, ACT - 6 Aug 2022 by Tapirlord
Hovea heterophylla (Common Hovea) at Bruce, ACT - 6 Aug 2022 by Tapirlord
Olearia microphylla (Olearia) at Bruce, ACT - 6 Aug 2022 by Tapirlord
Leucopogon attenuatus (Small leaved beard heath) at Bruce, ACT - 6 Aug 2022 by Tapirlord
Eucalyptus rossii (Inland Scribbly Gum) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord
Eucalyptus macrorhyncha (Red Stringybark) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord
Eucalyptus polyanthemos subsp. polyanthemos (Red Box) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord
Persoonia rigida (Hairy geebung) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord
Monotoca scoparia (Broom Heath) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord
Cryptandra amara (Bitter Cryptandra) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord
Leptospermum multicaule (Teatree) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord
Coronidium oxylepis subsp. lanatum (Woolly Pointed Everlasting) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord
Eumeninae (subfamily) (Unidentified Potter wasp) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Ned_Johnston
Cryptandra amara (Bitter Cryptandra) at Bruce, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by Ned_Johnston
Drosera auriculata (Sundew) at Bruce, ACT - 18 Oct 2021 by jbromilow50
Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Bruce, ACT - 4 Oct 2021 by Tapirlord
Dillwynia sericea (Egg And Bacon Peas) at Bruce, ACT - 4 Oct 2021 by Tapirlord
Brachyloma daphnoides (Daphne Heath) at Bruce, ACT - 28 Sep 2021 by Tapirlord
Pimelea linifolia subsp. caesia (Slender Rice Flower) at Bruce, ACT - 28 Sep 2021 by Tapirlord

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  • 4 Oct 2021 04:13 PM Recorded on
  • Tapirlord Recorded by

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