Large Scarab Fly
Large Scarab Fly
Wing Venation
Large Scarab Fly (Cardiacera sp ES01)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Pyrgotid Fly (Pyrgotidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Large Scarab Fly (Cardiacera sp ES01)
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Other name: Light Fly

Thank you Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A large fly with body ~16mm. These parasitise scarab beetles. Also called a Light Fly as they are nocturnal and come to night lights. Found nearly dead after a mothing night.
Very unusual wing venation.

Copyright © 2017-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Oct-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.