Orange-backed Robber Fly
S6, Male: ventral
Male, dorsal, ~40mm
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Robber Fly (Asilidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Orange-backed Robber Fly (Mauropteron pelago)|
|This Photo:||🔍S9, Female, ventral🔎|
Thank you Stephen Fricker, Mark Hura, Dr Chris Cohen & David Muirhead for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Males ~29mm long, females ~34mm 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 to 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 photographed 14 specimens (9 females & 5 males), in Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar & Apr.