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Common Yellow Robber Fly - Ommatius sp.

Family Asilidae

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

Body length 20mm
Notice this robber fly has the antenna in plumose form, i.e., like a feather. Its legs are black femur with yellow tibia and black tarsus. Wings are dark brown in colour.
Also notice its "beard" of setae around the face. It is believed that they serve as protection to their face from damage by their prey.  
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They are active predators on flying insects, unselective in prey species. Their long legs can capture other flying insects on flight. 
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1. Keys -  Robber Flies (Asilidae) Home page, by Fritz Geller-Grimm, Torsten Dikow, Robert J. Lavigne 
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Last updated: January 28, 2008.