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Harpobittacus australis

2 Hangingfly at Kambah, ACT

Harpobittacus australis at Kambah, ACT - 1 Dec 2021
Harpobittacus australis at Kambah, ACT - 1 Dec 2021
Harpobittacus australis at Kambah, ACT - 1 Dec 2021
Harpobittacus australis at Kambah, ACT - 1 Dec 2021
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Identification history

Harpobittacus australis 1 Dec 2021 MichaelMulvaney
Unidentified 1 Dec 2021 AJB

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I think this is a wasp with a very long weird snout? It was carrying another insect. I thought this was breeding behaviour but the other insect looks quite different and was possibly dead.

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   1 Dec 2021
Hanging flies have six legs and four wings. The front two legs have special modifications so they are able to hang off leaves or branches of the plants in their habitat, while the remaining two pairs of legs have claws that they can use to capture and kill passing prey, such at the bibone fly in your images

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Arthropodium fimbriatum (Chocolate Lily) at Kambah, ACT - 30 Nov 2021 by AJB
Corcorax melanorhamphos (White-winged Chough) at Kambah, ACT - 28 Mar 2017 by MatthewFrawley
Linum marginale (Native Flax) at Kambah, ACT - 9 Nov 2016 by RosemaryRoth
Aloa marginata (Donovan's Tiger Moth) at Kambah, ACT - 24 Feb 2012 by Marthijn
Endoxyla encalypti (Wattle Goat Moth) at Kambah, ACT - 13 Feb 2012 by Marthijn
Chlorocoma (genus) (Emerald moth) at Kambah, ACT - 8 Jan 2012 by Marthijn
Oenochroma vinaria (Pink-bellied Moth) at Kambah, ACT - 16 Oct 2010 by Marthijn

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 1 Abundance
  • 1 Dec 2021 10:45 AM Recorded on
  • AJB Recorded by

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  • 50mm or larger Animal size

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