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Fungus fly at Eden, NSW

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Tapeigaster sp. at Eden, NSW - 29 Apr 2017
Tapeigaster sp. at Eden, NSW - 29 Apr 2017
Tapeigaster sp. at Eden, NSW - 29 Apr 2017

Identification history

Fly / Gnat / Mosquito Tapeigaster sp. 25 Sep 2017 Paul
Fly / Gnat / Mosquito Tapeigaster sp. 25 Sep 2017 Paul
Unidentified 30 Apr 2017 MaxCampbellUltra Reporter - MaxCampbell has reported over 500 sightings!

Author's notes

Fly_Tapeigaster sp. My source: "Insects of South Eastern Australia" by Roger Farrow. Fungivores pg 167 "The larvae of this fly feed on fungal bodies"

1 comment

Paul wrote:
   25 Sep 2017
The association of this fly with a fungus and its overall morphology enable me to positively identify it as a Tapeigaster sp. It is interesting that you sighted this in April - the same time as I have seen these flies on our property. Apparently they time their life cycle so that their mating coincides with the Autumn growth of fungi. Their larvae feed on the fungus.

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Location information

  • Coordinates 149.927223-36.963219
  • Locations Eden, NSW

Species information

  • Not sensitive
  • Local Native

Sighting information

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