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 Robber Fly - Colepia rufiventris

Family Asilidae

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

Body length 25mm, female
The Robber Fly is reddish in colour. All legs are reddish brown with hind tibia in yellow. On the mid tarsus long anterior bristles near apex of each segment are absent, giving tarsus an asymmetrical bristle arrangement. 
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This Red Robber Fly is common in Brisbane bushlands. 
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Robber Flies in the above pictures show the fly captured a Weevil Beetle. As usual, the Robber Fly attacked from the back side of the prey.
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This is a large size Robber Fly.
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The Robber Fly in above pictures seem laying eggs on rotten tree trunk. Not much is known about the larval habitats.  
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In general, female robber flies deposit creamy colour eggs on plants or in gaps within soil, bark, or wood. Most species lay eggs in masses and are covered with protective coating. Robber fly larvae live in the soil or in rotting wood. Larvae are either predatory or parasitic, they feed on eggs, larvae and other soft-bodied insects. 
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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Last updated: October 21, 2012.