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Spider-wasp-mimicking Robber Fly - ? sp.

Family Asilidae

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

Subfamily Dasypogoninae, 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. 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 fly second time in Carbrook Wetland, Oct 2009. 

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Last updated: May 09, 2010.