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Robber fly

Daptolestes sp.


3 cm long female with ovipositer.


Dry sclerophyll bushland.


Note the orange "halteres" (from the latin for "dumbells), or modified hind wings, that help robber flies and crane flies counter-balance when flying.

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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Feb 9, 2011
Submitted on Feb 9, 2011

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