1 Sep 2017

Critter of the Week: The Bat-winged fly

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 3:29 pm on 1 September 2017

The Bat-Winged Fly is found in the Paparoa Range south of Fiordland. Like other alpine insects (butterflies, cicadas) it basks in the sun on stones and rocks; presumably absorbing heat/energy from the sun and this is amplified for the male by his large, dark, pantaloon wings.

DoC's Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki tells us all about this large winged critter.

Bat-winged fly

Bat-winged fly Photo: Brian Patrick

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