Grey-legged Slender Fly
Orange Slender Fly
Orange-legged Slender Fly
Line-legged Slender Fly
Brown-legged Slender Fly
Black-legged Slender Fly
Wasp-mimic Robber Fly I
Wasp-mimic Robber Fly II
Zebra Robber Fly I
Zebra Robber Fly II 


Tribe Apocleini - Giant Robber Flies

Family Asilidae, Asilinae

This page contains pictures and information about Giant Robber Flies in tribe Apocleini, subfamily Asilinae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Robber Flies in this tribe Apocleini can be recognized by the following characteristics;
- antenna with one arista,
- closed marginal cell on wings. 

Giant Yellow Robber Fly
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Blepharotes coriarius, body length 45mm, male, female 
We saw this large robber fly a few times in Karawatha Forest. This Large Robber Fly looks similar to the Giant Robber File above, except it is smaller in size, the hairs on its legs are black in colour. Please visit this page for more pictures and information.
Giant Blue Robber Fly
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Blepharotes spendidissimus, body length 35mm
The Giant Blue Robber Fly has the relatively small head, legs are not long but with board abdomen. The body and legs is covered with short grey hairs. Whole body, includes eyes, abdomen and legs are in dark steel blue colour. Pair of Wings are tinted in steel blue as well. Please check this page for more details.
1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 758.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p363.
3. A revision of Neoaratus Ricardo, with the description of six allied new genera from the Australian region (Diptera : Asilidae : Asilini) - G Daniels, 1987.
4. Asilini - Australian Asilidae - Dr. Robert Lavigne, Honorary Research Associate, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA. 
5. Family ASILIDAE Robber Flies - Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory.
6. Robber flies of the world. The genera of the family Asilidae - Hull, F.M. 1962, U. S. National Museum Bulletin 224. (Pts. 1 & 2). U. S. Govt. Printing Office.  

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Last updated: October 21, 2012.