March Fly
Female
Ellura
Large Mud-nesting Wasp Mimicking Fly
In flight
 
    
Large Mud-nesting Wasp Mimicking Fly (Palimmecomyia pictipennis)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Insect (Insecta)
Order: Fly (Diptera)
Family: Deer Fly (Tabanidae)
Species: Large Mud-nesting Wasp Mimicking Fly (Palimmecomyia pictipennis)
This Photo:     Mating
Similar Species: Large Mud-nesting Wasp

Thank you Tony Daley for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
Here's what Tony said: "What a great looking species, and wonderful record Brett! I'm fairly confident by their colouring and wing markings this is Palimmecomyia pictipennis ... they differ from the original description in only the abdominal dark band being slightly more extensive behind, though apparently these are rare so don't think many specimens have been collected, add to that only two females were examined and the male not known at the time of the description by Mackerras (1960)."

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Nov-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species