Wasp Mimicking Fly
Anterior, Leg details
Pale Stilletto Fly
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Stilletto Fly (Therevidae)|
|Species:||Wasp Mimicking Fly (Agapophytus aterrimus)|
|This Photo:||Anterior, facial hair|
Thank you Dr Chris Lambkin for identifying and Dr Ken Walker & Tony Daley for helping with the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
The 1,000th species posted on the Ellura web site. A BIG thank you to all those experts who have contributed their time & energy to help us identify our local species
Tony, who id'ed this to genus, said the strange hair on the back is "elongate scale-like setae on the scutum".
This beautiful fly was ~10mm long, with a very long mouth/proboscis and antennae. Bascially black with 2 orange/yellow bands on it's wings. The lower front tibia (middle part of the leg) does seem to have a small orange band.
Ken Walker saw the observation on Bowerbird and contacted Chris Lambkin who kindly narrowed it down to species.
Mimics the Calopompilus spider wasp quite well: Spider Wasp