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Harpobittacus australis

Hangingfly

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.

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Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Borough, NSW - 28 Nov 2022 by Paul4K Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 26 Nov 2022 by JimL Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hackett, ACT - 18 Nov 2022 by Boagshoags Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Kambah, ACT - 8 Nov 2022 by MatthewFrawley Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Coree, ACT - 7 Nov 2022 by Thurstan Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 7 Nov 2022 by Kenp12 Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Murrumbateman, NSW - 7 Nov 2022 by SimoneC Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 26 Oct 2022 by JohnBundock Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Coree, ACT - 25 Oct 2022 by Jimmyjamjimbles Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Theodore, ACT - 24 Oct 2022 by Cardy Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Symonston, ACT - 19 Oct 2022 by Mike Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Coree, ACT - 18 Oct 2022 by trevorpreston Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Kambah, ACT - 16 Oct 2022 by MatthewFrawley Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 9 Oct 2022 by HughCo Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 8 Oct 2022 by patrickcox Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Booth, ACT - 3 Oct 2022 by RAllen Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at O'Connor, ACT - 2 Oct 2022 by ConBoekel Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Kambah, ACT - 2 Oct 2022 by HelenCross Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Cotter River, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by RAllen Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Brindabella, ACT - 21 Mar 2022 by Christine Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 15 Mar 2022 by TimL Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Cotter River, ACT - 23 Feb 2022 by Miranda Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Booth, ACT - 14 Feb 2022 by JohnBundock Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 13 Feb 2022 by michaelb Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 7 Feb 2022 by TimL Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 1 Feb 2022 by TimL Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Tinderry, NSW - 30 Jan 2022 by TinderryJulie Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Tennent, ACT - 29 Dec 2021 by jbromilow50 Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Mount Clear, ACT - 17 Dec 2021 by AlisonMilton Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 14 Dec 2021 by HelenCross Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 14 Dec 2021 by AnneG1 Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Kambah, ACT - 30 Nov 2021 by AJB Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Carwoola, NSW - 28 Nov 2021 by Liam.m Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Cotter River, ACT - 23 Nov 2021 by BrianH Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Jerrabomberra, ACT - 22 Nov 2021 by SusanneG Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 16 Nov 2021 by jbromilow50 Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Bruce, ACT - 11 Nov 2021 by Roger Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Tennent, ACT - 9 Nov 2021 by michaelb Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Tennent, ACT - 9 Nov 2021 by michaelb Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Jerrabomberra, NSW - 6 Nov 2021 by Steve_Bok Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 5 Nov 2021 by tpreston Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Farrer, ACT - 2 Nov 2021 by AnneG1 Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Murrumbateman, NSW - 31 Oct 2021 by SimoneC Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 29 Oct 2021 by RobG1 Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 27 Oct 2021 by RodDeb Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hawker, ACT - 26 Oct 2021 by AlisonMilton Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Conder, ACT - 20 Oct 2021 by michaelb Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Conder, ACT - 20 Oct 2021 by michaelb Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Theodore, ACT - 20 Oct 2021 by michaelb Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hawker, ACT - 17 Oct 2021 by AlisonMilton Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Throsby, ACT - 17 Oct 2021 by byomonkey Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hawker, ACT - 17 Oct 2021 by AlisonMilton Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Watson, ACT - 17 Oct 2021 by BronClarke Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hawker, ACT - 16 Oct 2021 by AlisonMilton Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Kambah, ACT - 15 Oct 2021 by MatthewFrawley Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Jerrabomberra, ACT - 10 Oct 2021 by Mike Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Tennent, ACT - 9 Oct 2021 by JohnBundock Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 8 Oct 2021 by CathB Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Symonston, ACT - 6 Oct 2021 by RodDeb Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Bruce, ACT - 4 Oct 2021 by Tapirlord Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Bimberi, NSW - 6 Mar 2021 by BIrdsinCanberra Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 18 Nov 2020 by trevsci Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Holt, ACT - 17 Nov 2020 by Kurt Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hughes, ACT - 13 Nov 2020 by JackyF Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Forde, ACT - 13 Nov 2020 by JohnBundock Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Holt, ACT - 9 Nov 2020 by Roger Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Bonython, ACT - 8 Nov 2020 by RodDeb Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Kambah, ACT - 7 Nov 2020 by Shazw Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Forde, ACT - 7 Nov 2020 by kasiaaus Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Forde, ACT - 6 Nov 2020 by AlisonMilton Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Forde, ACT - 6 Nov 2020 by YumiCallaway Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Forde, ACT - 4 Nov 2020 by kasiaaus Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Conder, ACT - 3 Nov 2020 by michaelb Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Symonston, ACT - 3 Nov 2020 by JohnBundock Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Downer, ACT - 30 Oct 2020 by Harrisi Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hall, ACT - 30 Oct 2020 by tpreston Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 28 Oct 2020 by Kurt Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hawker, ACT - 27 Oct 2020 by AlisonMilton Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Holt, ACT - 24 Oct 2020 by tpreston Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Symonston, ACT - 23 Oct 2020 by Mike Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Cook, ACT - 21 Oct 2020 by Tammy Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Jacka, ACT - 18 Oct 2020 by HarveyPerkins Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Jacka, ACT - 18 Oct 2020 by HarveyPerkins Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Holt, ACT - 17 Oct 2020 by Christine Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 15 Oct 2020 by SandraH Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Downer, ACT - 12 Oct 2020 by Harrisi Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Fraser, ACT - 10 Oct 2020 by Laserchemisty Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Yass River, NSW - 3 Oct 2020 by SenexRugosus Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Cotter River, ACT - 13 Mar 2020 by JohnBundock Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Dunlop, ACT - 30 Oct 2019 by AlisonMilton Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Red Hill, ACT - 21 Oct 2019 by LisaH Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Gundaroo, NSW - 19 Oct 2019 by Harrisi Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 6 Feb 2018 by SWishart Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Booth, ACT - 14 Jan 2018 by Christine Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2018 by KenT Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Conder, ACT - 16 Dec 2017 by michaelb Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Booth, ACT - 10 Dec 2017 by HarveyPerkins Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Bullen Range - 21 Nov 2017 by JohnBundock Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Dunlop, ACT - 20 Nov 2017 by Alison Milton Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Belconnen, ACT - 12 Nov 2017 by CathB
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Borough, NSW - 28 Nov 2022 by Paul4K
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 26 Nov 2022 by JimL
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hackett, ACT - 18 Nov 2022 by Boagshoags
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Kambah, ACT - 8 Nov 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Coree, ACT - 7 Nov 2022 by Thurstan
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 7 Nov 2022 by Kenp12
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Murrumbateman, NSW - 7 Nov 2022 by SimoneC
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 26 Oct 2022 by JohnBundock
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Coree, ACT - 25 Oct 2022 by Jimmyjamjimbles
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Theodore, ACT - 24 Oct 2022 by Cardy
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Symonston, ACT - 19 Oct 2022 by Mike
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Coree, ACT - 18 Oct 2022 by trevorpreston
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Kambah, ACT - 16 Oct 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 9 Oct 2022 by HughCo
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 8 Oct 2022 by patrickcox
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Booth, ACT - 3 Oct 2022 by RAllen
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at O'Connor, ACT - 2 Oct 2022 by ConBoekel
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Kambah, ACT - 2 Oct 2022 by HelenCross
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Cotter River, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by RAllen
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Brindabella, ACT - 21 Mar 2022 by Christine
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 15 Mar 2022 by TimL
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Cotter River, ACT - 23 Feb 2022 by Miranda
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Booth, ACT - 14 Feb 2022 by JohnBundock
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 13 Feb 2022 by michaelb
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 7 Feb 2022 by TimL
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 1 Feb 2022 by TimL
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Tinderry, NSW - 30 Jan 2022 by TinderryJulie
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Tennent, ACT - 29 Dec 2021 by jbromilow50
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Mount Clear, ACT - 17 Dec 2021 by AlisonMilton
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 14 Dec 2021 by HelenCross
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 14 Dec 2021 by AnneG1
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Kambah, ACT - 30 Nov 2021 by AJB
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Carwoola, NSW - 28 Nov 2021 by Liam.m
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Cotter River, ACT - 23 Nov 2021 by BrianH
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Jerrabomberra, ACT - 22 Nov 2021 by SusanneG
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 16 Nov 2021 by jbromilow50
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Bruce, ACT - 11 Nov 2021 by Roger
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Tennent, ACT - 9 Nov 2021 by michaelb
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Tennent, ACT - 9 Nov 2021 by michaelb
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Jerrabomberra, NSW - 6 Nov 2021 by Steve_Bok
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 5 Nov 2021 by tpreston
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Farrer, ACT - 2 Nov 2021 by AnneG1
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Murrumbateman, NSW - 31 Oct 2021 by SimoneC
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 29 Oct 2021 by RobG1
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 27 Oct 2021 by RodDeb
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hawker, ACT - 26 Oct 2021 by AlisonMilton
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Conder, ACT - 20 Oct 2021 by michaelb
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Conder, ACT - 20 Oct 2021 by michaelb
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Theodore, ACT - 20 Oct 2021 by michaelb
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hawker, ACT - 17 Oct 2021 by AlisonMilton
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Throsby, ACT - 17 Oct 2021 by byomonkey
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hawker, ACT - 17 Oct 2021 by AlisonMilton
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Watson, ACT - 17 Oct 2021 by BronClarke
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hawker, ACT - 16 Oct 2021 by AlisonMilton
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Kambah, ACT - 15 Oct 2021 by MatthewFrawley
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Jerrabomberra, ACT - 10 Oct 2021 by Mike
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Tennent, ACT - 9 Oct 2021 by JohnBundock
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 8 Oct 2021 by CathB
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Symonston, ACT - 6 Oct 2021 by RodDeb
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Bruce, ACT - 4 Oct 2021 by Tapirlord
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Bimberi, NSW - 6 Mar 2021 by BIrdsinCanberra
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 18 Nov 2020 by trevsci
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Holt, ACT - 17 Nov 2020 by Kurt
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hughes, ACT - 13 Nov 2020 by JackyF
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Forde, ACT - 13 Nov 2020 by JohnBundock
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Holt, ACT - 9 Nov 2020 by Roger
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Bonython, ACT - 8 Nov 2020 by RodDeb
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Kambah, ACT - 7 Nov 2020 by Shazw
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Forde, ACT - 7 Nov 2020 by kasiaaus
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Forde, ACT - 6 Nov 2020 by AlisonMilton
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Forde, ACT - 6 Nov 2020 by YumiCallaway
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Forde, ACT - 4 Nov 2020 by kasiaaus
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Conder, ACT - 3 Nov 2020 by michaelb
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Symonston, ACT - 3 Nov 2020 by JohnBundock
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Downer, ACT - 30 Oct 2020 by Harrisi
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hall, ACT - 30 Oct 2020 by tpreston
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 28 Oct 2020 by Kurt
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Hawker, ACT - 27 Oct 2020 by AlisonMilton
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Holt, ACT - 24 Oct 2020 by tpreston
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Symonston, ACT - 23 Oct 2020 by Mike
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Cook, ACT - 21 Oct 2020 by Tammy
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Jacka, ACT - 18 Oct 2020 by HarveyPerkins
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Jacka, ACT - 18 Oct 2020 by HarveyPerkins
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Holt, ACT - 17 Oct 2020 by Christine
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Stromlo, ACT - 15 Oct 2020 by SandraH
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Downer, ACT - 12 Oct 2020 by Harrisi
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Fraser, ACT - 10 Oct 2020 by Laserchemisty
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Yass River, NSW - 3 Oct 2020 by SenexRugosus
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Cotter River, ACT - 13 Mar 2020 by JohnBundock
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Dunlop, ACT - 30 Oct 2019 by AlisonMilton
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Red Hill, ACT - 21 Oct 2019 by LisaH
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Gundaroo, NSW - 19 Oct 2019 by Harrisi
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 6 Feb 2018 by SWishart
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Booth, ACT - 14 Jan 2018 by Christine
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2018 by KenT
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Conder, ACT - 16 Dec 2017 by michaelb
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Booth, ACT - 10 Dec 2017 by HarveyPerkins
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Bullen Range - 21 Nov 2017 by JohnBundock
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Dunlop, ACT - 20 Nov 2017 by Alison Milton
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Belconnen, ACT - 12 Nov 2017 by CathB

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  • Harpobittacus australis Scientific name
  • Hangingfly Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive
  • 0m to 1652m Recorded at altitude
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