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 


Spider-wasp-mimicking Robber Fly - ? Apothechyla sp.

Family Asilidae

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

Body length 20mm
This Robber fly has a black body, very long legs and golden wings. Its colour pattern mimics the Spider Wasp.
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It was resting on a large tree trunk in Karawatha Forest during early summer 2006. 
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When we came close, it opened it wings, bend its abdomen , making the stinging action and show its yellow bands on its abdomen, tried very hard to convince us that it was a real Spider wasp.
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We had been fooled once, but not this time.
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We found the robber fly second time in Carbrook Wetland, Oct 2009.

1. Family ASILIDAE Robber Flies - Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory.
2. Australian Asilidae - Dr. Robert Lavigne, Honorary Research Associate, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA.

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