Black Bush Earwig
Male, ventral
Male, Dorsal
Winged Web-spinner (Aposthonia gurneyi)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Web-spinners (Embioptera)
Family: Web-spinner (Embioptera)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Winged Web-spinner (Aposthonia gurneyi)
This Photo:     🔍Male, dorsal🔎

Thank you Matthew Connors for identifying this species for us

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
This image is inverted, so the cerci are swapped.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Matthew said: "There are several subspecies and specimens from Adelaide are apparently intermediate between A. g. gurneyi and A. g. centralis"
"The principle difference between the families is the structure of the male left cercus, which is heavily modified in the Notoligotomidae and Australembiidae (so that makes this one Oligotomidae - take a look at site)."
"From there we have two genera - Oligotoma, which is introduced and currently only known from Qld and NSW (and with slightly different proportions), and Aposthonia which is widespread. Two species are restricted to WA and a third to Qld, with A. gurneyi widespread. Full details of subspecies are at this site (although still under genus Oligotoma)"
Not all web-spinners are winged.

Copyright © 2013-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-May-2013
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.