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Common Yellow Robber Fly

Ommatius sp.


Robber fly about 20mm long.


Resting on Acacia leaf in public parkland.


Family: Asilidae. Over 600 species in Australia. Also known as 'Bee killer' and 'Assassin fly'. "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." - | "Robber Flies are medium to large hunting flies with long strong legs used to catch prey on flight. They have large eyes, and distinct "neck" between the head and abdomen. The abdomen is long and thin. Most species have a beard of stiff bristles (called setae) around the proboscis. Most Robber Flies are brown or reddish-brown in colour. The eyes are large and in some species are reflective. Some species can give people a painful bite." Ozanimals

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

I'm a family man :-)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Sorry Argy, I can go to family only... :-(

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks asergio... I guess I should remove the question mark :) Just need species.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

It certainly is a robber fly, Argy. The massive thorax, long abdomen and the powerful rostrum give it away.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago


catchthesound 8 years ago

Possibly a robber fly

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 23, 2012
Submitted on Nov 23, 2012

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