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Wasp-mimic Robber Fly - Chrysopogon proximus

Family Asilidae

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

Subfamily Dasypogoninae, body length 25mm
This robber fly mimics the spider wasps. It has black and orange body, long legs and orange wings with slightly clouded wing-tips. 
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In mid summer 2004 we found this Wasp Mimic Robber Fly hunting on the ground among the dry leaves in Mt Cotton bushland. At first we thought it was a wasp and put those pictures in our Vespid Wasps page. Rob Longair, University of Calgary, send us email and  advised that "It is actually a robber fly (Diptera: Asilidae) mimic of a wasp. The antennae and the stance in the second picture are typical of robber flies." Here we would like to thank Rob again.
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During mid-summer 2005 in the rainforest near Mt Nebo, we found this Wasp-mimic Robber Fly mating pair.

1. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p362.
2. A Taxonomic Revision of the Tribe Chrysopogonini (Diptera : Asilidae) - A. N. Clements, Australian Journal of Zoology Supplementary Series No. 109, CSIRO 1985, p60.
3. Australian Wildlife Insects Flies - Lochman Transparencies, 2008, (Chrysopogon crabroniformis).

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