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 


Red-legged Robber Fly - Colepia malleola

Family Asilidae

This page contains pictures and information about Red-legged Robber Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 30mm, female
The Red-legged Robber Fly has the very hairy abdomen. The abdomen is black when viewed dorsally. All legs are in deep red colour. The antennae are black. Wings are hyaline with brownish veins. Female have the abdomen segment 8 and 9 shining black. 
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This is a large size robber fly. Robber Flies are air hunters. They have strong legs which capture prey on flight. They are medium to very large size flies with large eyes and necked head. They are active predators on flying insects, unselective in prey species. Their mouthparts are the triangular proboscis  which insert into prey and suck the juice.
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We took the above photos in Karawatha Forest Dec 2007 and Daisy Hills on Jan 2011. 

1. A revision of Neoaratus Ricardo, with the description of six allied new genera from the Australian region (Diptera : Asilidae : Asilini) - G Daniels, 1987.
2. Asilini - Australian Asilidae - Dr. Robert Lavigne, Honorary Research Associate, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA. 
3. Family ASILIDAE Robber Flies - Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory.

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