Ellura Sanctuary 17 Dec 2017

Small Scarab Fly (Cardiacera sp)

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Sighted 15 Dec 2017
Swan Reach SA 5354, Australia



  • Ellura Sanctuary 17 December 2017
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Pyrgotidae: Osa
    Ellura Sanctuary says

    About 10mm. After id'ing the female the other day, I thought it would be useful to try and find a male and hit gold ;-) Can't be sure it's the same species, but given how rare they seem to be it would be a reasonable bet. Has more patterned wings than the female. Cheers Brett

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  • Tony D. 18 December 2017
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Pyrgotidae: Cardiacera
    Tony D. says

    I think this one is a different genus to your female Osa. The wings have the Sc vein almost bending at a right angle to meet the costa above, in Osa this vein doesn't bend so abruptly before meeting the costa. The particulars of the wing spots, especially also having three distinct spots along the pterostigma is typical (usually 2-3, but sometimes only one spot) of the species in Cardiacera with such spotted wings - they also typically have the pointy antennae.

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  • Ellura Sanctuary 18 December 2017
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    Ellura Sanctuary says

    I thought it was too good to be true! (bugger ... damn) Thanks again Tony :-) Still, a rare find; only the 2nd one on Atlas in SA. Cheers Brett

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