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Description

This tiny little white/grey insect (body about 1cm length) fluttered along, with its tail appendage resembling a feather.

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Date & Time

2017-04-15 10:00 AM

Location

  -37.469869 , 142.403035 : 299.642 m

Near Victoria Valley VIC 3294, Australia

Discussion

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  1. David Francis  Hi Linley. This is tricky one. I can only suggest investigating whether it is the winged adult of one of the wooly aphids.

    Reply • 17 Apr

  2. David Francis  Callipappus spp. species id suggested

    Reply • 26 Apr

  3. David Francis  One of the "Bird of Paradise Flies". Related to the mealy bugs. Males have the long waxy filaments forming a tail. See http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:590bbeda-a4d7-4235-9a5b-fc801a155f22#gallery

    Reply • 26 Apr

  4. Linley McGlashan  Thanks David. That is fascinating. Have looked up the reference given, and many photos from that Callipappus group are exactly what I saw.

    Reply • 18 May