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

Identification

Feather-winged beetles are distinguished by their feather-like wings.

Size range

0.4 mm - 1 mm

Distribution

Feather-winged beetles are found in eastern Australia.

Habitat

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.

Classification

Genus:
Ptinella
Family:
Ptiliidae
Superfamily:
Staphylinoidea
Suborder:
Polyphaga
Order:
Coleoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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