Orange-backed Robber Fly
Female: feeding
Orange-backed Robber Fly
Male: dorsal
Orange-backed Robber Fly (Mauropteron pelago)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Robber Fly (Asilidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Orange-backed Robber Fly (Mauropteron pelago)
This Photo:     Female: dorsal

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
The male was ~29mm long.
The genders can be differentiated by the male have a bulbous clasp at the end of it's "tail". The female has a thin posterior on the abdomen.
The orange back is surprisingly difficult to see.
Obvious in flight if it's below you, or when it's cleaning itself

We found 5 specimens to date (2 females & 3 males), in Dec & Jan.

Copyright © 2019-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 10-Jan-2019
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.