Giant Thrips
Body, dorsal
Giant Thrips (Idolothrips spectrum)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Thrips (Thysanoptera)
Family: Thrips (Phlaeothripidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Giant Thrips (Idolothrips spectrum)
This Photo:     Tail (hairy end)

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), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
~8mm from the front of the eyes, to the base of the abdomen; not including antennae nor tail.
This is a bit of a scientific joke we think
"Giant" as in much bigger than others, but still tiny.
Note the hairy wings.

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This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.