False Fruit Fly
Wasp Mimicking Fly
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Stilletto Fly (Therevidae)|
|Species:||Wasp Mimicking Fly (Agapophytus aterrimus)|
Thank you Dr Ken Walker for helping with the identification of this species
Thank you Tony Daley for helping with the identification of this species
Thank you Dr Chris Lambkin for identifying 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