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After having a bit of trouble with this fly, and some assistance from a Noah Ranger, I am on the track of assuming it to belong to the large Ailidae family or robber flies. It does have the legs usually seen on robber flies and the thorax is also indicative. I have also seen them called stiletto flies because of there lower, usually dark and bristly legs.


Usually open sun lit areas in the hot of the day hunting other flies and insects. Retreats to dense vegitation in gardens and woodlands at nigh and evenings.

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Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 2 years ago

Many Many thanks for your observation Mark. I agree, I overlooked the legs that give the robber flies away. It certanly looks like a menber of the Asilidae but i have never seen him before and cant find him anywhere in my books.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Handsome fly. Reminds me of some Therevidae (Asiloidean)

Michael Strydom
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Michael Strydom

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Oct 30, 2016
Submitted on Oct 30, 2016

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