Moth Fly
Dorsal
Ellura
Large Scarab Fly
Dorsal
 
    
Moth Fly (Psychodidae sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Moth Fly (Psychodidae)
Species: Moth Fly (Psychodidae sp)
This Photo:     Scaly Wings
Other names: Bathroom Fly, Drainfly, Drain Fly, Drain-fly, Mothfly, Moth-fly

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), in the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
Very hairy little fly. We thought it was a tiny moth, as do most people when they first see them we suspect. While transferring petrol these little tiny insects were attracted to the fumes. So was able to get a number of photo's of them. Unfortunately they then decided to land on the spilt fuel on the container and got stuck. But it gave a chance to measure their size; wingspan of about 6mm, body & head length about 2mm. They seemed white, but that's probably flash & shiny hairs. Notice in the overhead shot the hairs running along the wing veins. The body seems to have a few lateral stripes.

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 13-Jul-2016
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.