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Harpobittacus australis

6 Hangingfly at suppressed

Harpobittacus australis at suppressed - 2 Jan 2023
Harpobittacus australis at suppressed - 2 Jan 2023
Harpobittacus australis at suppressed - 2 Jan 2023
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Identification history

Harpobittacus australis 4 Jan 2023 MichaelMulvaney
Unidentified 2 Jan 2023 Mavis

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User's notes

Eating a bug whilst copulating - good for some I guess

1 comment

   13 Jan 2023
looks like it's a thing for these guys, known as a nuptial gift: Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly)

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 2 Abundance
  • 2 Jan 2023 04:58 PM Recorded on
  • Mavis Recorded by

Additional information

  • on Burgan Associated plant
  • 25mm to 50mm Animal size
  • Mixed Gender
  • Breeding behaviour Breeding behaviour
  • Alive / healthy Animal health

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