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Boreoides subulatus

Wingless Soldier Fly at Pambula Preschool

Boreoides subulatus at Pambula Preschool - 21 May 2020
Boreoides subulatus at Pambula Preschool - 21 May 2020
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Unidentified 21 May 2020 elizabethgleeson

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3 comments

   21 May 2020
Hi Elizabeth, This is the female of a fly in the Soldier Fly family. The females are flightless, while the males have wings. You can see a photo I took of a male here https://atlasoflife.naturemapr.org/Sightings/4259176. I've seen a lot of males and some females at our place (Wonboyn) in the last couple of weeks, so I presume this species has been mating. Some of the females have had fat abdomens, while others are skinny, like your female. The skinny ones would have laid their eggs, while the fat ones still have a load on board.
   21 May 2020
The female doesn't look much like a fly. But you can see two pairs of small stumps on the back, which are where the wings and the halteres develop in the male. (Halteres are the structures that all flies have in the position where other winged insects have a second pair of wings. They send sensory information to the fly to help it keep its balance while flying. The presence of just one pair of wings and a pair of halteres is what defines an insect as a fly).
   21 May 2020
I've just posted a sighting of a female I made at our place, which makes an interesting comparison. https://atlasoflife.naturemapr.org/Sightings/4260298

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Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree Frog, Emerald Spotted Tree Frog) at Pambula Preschool - 10 Jun 2021 by elizabethgleeson Oxycanus silvanus (Pale Oxycanus) at - 4 Jun 2021 by elizabethgleeson Chelepteryx collesi (White-stemmed Gum Moth) at - 3 Jun 2021 by elizabethgleeson Pseudomantis albofimbriata (False garden mantis) at - 22 Apr 2021 by elizabethgleeson Panesthia sp. (genus) (Wood cockroach) at - 8 May 2020 by elizabethgleeson Helpis minitabunda (Threatening jumping spider) at - 14 Nov 2019 by elizabethgleeson Stephanopis altifrons (Knobbly crab spider) at - 24 Oct 2019 by elizabethgleeson Amata (genus) (Handmaiden Moth) at - 17 Oct 2019 by elizabethgleeson Archimantis sp. (Large brown mantis) at - 6 Sep 2019 by elizabethgleeson Scarabaeidae sp. (family) (Scarab beetle, curl grub) at - 5 Sep 2019 by elizabethgleeson Chalcopteroides sp. (genus) (Rainbow darkling beetle) at - 16 Aug 2019 by elizabethgleeson SPARASSIDAE (Huntsman spider) at - 17 May 2019 by elizabethgleeson Coryphistes ruricola (Bark-mimicking Grasshopper) at - 11 Apr 2019 by elizabethgleeson Charaxes sempronius (Tailed Emperor) at - 8 Mar 2019 by elizabethgleeson Phasmida sp. (order) (Unidentified stick insect) at - 7 Mar 2019 by elizabethgleeson
Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree Frog, Emerald Spotted Tree Frog) at Pambula Preschool - 10 Jun 2021 by elizabethgleeson
Oxycanus silvanus (Pale Oxycanus) at - 4 Jun 2021 by elizabethgleeson
Chelepteryx collesi (White-stemmed Gum Moth) at - 3 Jun 2021 by elizabethgleeson
Pseudomantis albofimbriata (False garden mantis) at - 22 Apr 2021 by elizabethgleeson
Panesthia sp. (genus) (Wood cockroach) at - 8 May 2020 by elizabethgleeson
Helpis minitabunda (Threatening jumping spider) at - 14 Nov 2019 by elizabethgleeson
Stephanopis altifrons (Knobbly crab spider) at - 24 Oct 2019 by elizabethgleeson
Amata (genus) (Handmaiden Moth) at - 17 Oct 2019 by elizabethgleeson
Archimantis sp. (Large brown mantis) at - 6 Sep 2019 by elizabethgleeson
Scarabaeidae sp. (family) (Scarab beetle, curl grub) at - 5 Sep 2019 by elizabethgleeson
Chalcopteroides sp. (genus) (Rainbow darkling beetle) at - 16 Aug 2019 by elizabethgleeson
SPARASSIDAE (Huntsman spider) at - 17 May 2019 by elizabethgleeson
Coryphistes ruricola (Bark-mimicking Grasshopper) at - 11 Apr 2019 by elizabethgleeson
Charaxes sempronius (Tailed Emperor) at - 8 Mar 2019 by elizabethgleeson
Phasmida sp. (order) (Unidentified stick insect) at - 7 Mar 2019 by elizabethgleeson

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