Orange-backed Robber Fly
Male: Orange Back
Male, dorsal, ~40mm
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta) iNaturalist Observation|
|Family:||Robber Fly (Asilidae)|
|Species:||Orange-backed Robber Fly (Mauropteron pelago)|
|This Photo:||Male: ventral|
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.