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Subfamily Ommatiinae

Family Asilidae

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

This subfamily is very close related with Asilinae. They are sometimes put together as Asilinae. Robber flies in this subfamily have the antenna in plumose form, i.e., like a feather.

Common Yellow Robber Fly
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Ommatius sp., body length 20mm
Robber flies are active predators. They usually rest on leaf or stick about one to two meters above ground, watching if there is any prey flies pass. Robber flies will capture prey by their powerful legs in mid air and consume while on the wings.
Small Grey Robber Fly
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Ommatius sp., Robber Fly feeding on spider, fly body length 12mm.

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.