Moth Fly
Profile, length ~2mm, wingspan ~6mm
Moth Fly
Scaly Wings
Moth Fly (Psychoda sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Moth Fly (Psychodidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Moth Fly (Psychoda sp)
This Photo:     Dorsal
Other names: Bathroom Fly, Drainfly, Drain Fly, Drain-fly, Mothfly or Moth-fly

Thank you Victor Engel for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), 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 ~6mm, body & head length ~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 © 2016-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 13-Jul-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.