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Does anyone know what those fly like bugs that swarm over grass are?


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#1 johnnyBravo   Members   -  Reputation: 100

Posted 08 June 2005 - 03:10 PM

Hi, in the mornings and afternoons, I always see these fly like bugs(sorta a cross between a small black queen ant and a fly) swarming constantly in one spot about 0 - 2.5 metres above the ground in a ball over grass constantly, not seemly doing anything productive. I'm kinda curious if anyone knows what these bugs are, and why they swarming like that doing seemingly nothing? Thanks oh btw this is in Australia, im not sure about other countries of different climates having anything like this. and the bugs are about a millimetre long and quarter of a millimetre wide. black body and clear wings, like a flies.

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#2 Raduprv   Members   -  Reputation: 997

Posted 08 June 2005 - 03:22 PM

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and the bugs are about a millimetre long and quarter of a millimetre wide. black body and clear wings, like a flies.


You must have very good eyes if you can see such small bugs...

#3 Chokki   Members   -  Reputation: 610

Posted 08 June 2005 - 03:23 PM

gnats? they're everywhere here. generally harmless, but still rather annoying.

#4 mtw   Members   -  Reputation: 691

Posted 08 June 2005 - 03:32 PM

I've wondered about this as well.

#5 krikkit   Members   -  Reputation: 792

Posted 08 June 2005 - 03:41 PM

gnats.

#6 Sean T. McBeth   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1408

Posted 08 June 2005 - 03:59 PM

concurence on the gnats conclusion

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#7 cowsarenotevil   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2012

Posted 08 June 2005 - 04:20 PM

"Gnat" doesn't narrow things down in the slightest. I think he's looking for something a bit more specific.

#8 Keith Riskey   GDNet+   -  Reputation: 816

Posted 08 June 2005 - 04:29 PM

Speckled Tibetan Death Beetles, most likely.


#9 bjle   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 08 June 2005 - 04:53 PM

I don't know what they are, but in all likelyhood they're mating while swarming. That's what bugs do.

#10 boolean   Members   -  Reputation: 1710

Posted 08 June 2005 - 05:04 PM

I always figured they were baby mosquitos =/

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#11 Mawr   Members   -  Reputation: 278

Posted 08 June 2005 - 06:43 PM

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Speckled Tibetan Death Beetles, most likely.


He said he was in Australia.

They are Speckled Australian-of-Tibetan-descent Death Beetles.

#12 Sean T. McBeth   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1408

Posted 09 June 2005 - 02:09 AM

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I always figured they were baby mosquitos =/

no, baby mosquitos are aquatic, they live in dirty and stagnant water.

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#13 kapru   Members   -  Reputation: 100

Posted 09 June 2005 - 02:49 AM

grasshoppers?

#14 Sean T. McBeth   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1408

Posted 09 June 2005 - 02:53 AM

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grasshoppers?


grosshoppers don't fly, and they don't look like flies.

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#15 exoskeletal_ninja   Members   -  Reputation: 224

Posted 09 June 2005 - 02:58 AM

Aren't they called marchflies? Definately procreating, I mean, who wouldn't?
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#16 Sean T. McBeth   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1408

Posted 09 June 2005 - 05:24 AM

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Aren't they called marchflies? Definately procreating, I mean, who wouldn't?

you're thinking of mayflies, it's too late in the year for them (they're called mayflies for a reason), and they're too big for the description.

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#17 Dave   Members   -  Reputation: 1499

Posted 09 June 2005 - 05:47 AM

They might be flying ants. We get them in the UK. They are ants with wings and han g with their ant buddies.

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