Animal Species:Feather-winged beetles
The feather-winged beetles are the smallest of all beetles and possibly of all insects.
Standard Common Name
Feather-winged beetles are distinguished by their feather-like wings.
0.4 mm - 1 mm
Feather-winged beetles are found in eastern Australia.
Feather-winged beetles live in forests and woodlands and heath.
Feeding and Diet
Most species of feather-winged beetles feed on fungi.
Other behaviours and adaptations
Some feather-winged beetles are blind and most live under bark in forests and woodland. Not surprisingly they go unnoticed.
Danger to humans and first aid
Tiny beetles like this are usually the cause of cyclists' 'fly-in-the-eye' condition. Most flies have no problems avoiding humans but some slow-flying beetles get caught. Cyclists sometimes get them stuck in their eyes, especially in the evening when most beetle dispersal occurs.