Large Mud-nesting Wasp Mimicking Fly
Gold-headed Blue Tachinid Fly
Large Mud-nesting Wasp Mimicking Fly (Palimmecomyia pictipennis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Deer Fly (Tabanidae)
Species: Large Mud-nesting Wasp Mimicking Fly (Palimmecomyia pictipennis)
This Photo:     In flight
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), and elsewhere
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 © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Oct-2015
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.