Genus Trichophthalma

Trichophthalma cf. punctata – males have the eyes narrowed in front of the ocelli and virtually touching for a short distance, the eyes here remain separated but narrowly so in females. Males are variable, especially with regard to colour, resulting in four forms described. Females are general more constantly drab. This is the only species recorded for Tasmania.

cf. male
Late December 2010
Peter Murrell Reserve, Blackmans Bay
Species identification thanks to Shaun Winterton.

Female
Early January 2015
Sisters Beach

Female
Late December 2014
Buckland
Trichophthalma sp. (Nemestrinidae) Trichophthalma sp. (Nemestrinidae) Trichophthalma sp. (Nemestrinidae)

Feeding on Leptospermum
Mid January 2014
Rocky Cape National Park, Sisters Beach

Female
Mid January 2014
Rocky Cape National Park, Sisters Beach

Hovering behaviour…first 10% normal speed, then slow motion, finished with a moment of normal speed.