Orange Backed Robberfly
Adelaide Hills
Big Red
Male, profile
Big Red (Neoaratus hercules)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Robber Fly (Asilidae)
Species: Big Red (Neoaratus hercules)
This Photo:     Male, dorsal, ~40mm

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills, and elsewhere
Usually the mouth part/proboscis looks thick and we couldn't understand how it pierced it's prey. But here you can see it's somewhat telescopic. It retracts the sharpest point most of the time, but it's extended here.

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 16-Jan-2017
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.