Wasp Mimicking Fly
S1, Leg details
Snowy Stiletto Fly
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Stiletto Fly (Therevidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Wasp Mimicking Fly (Agapophytus aterrimus)|
|This Photo:||S1, Facial hair|
Thank you Dr Chris Lambkin for identifying, Reiner Richter & Dr Martin Hauser for confirming and Dr Ken Walker & Tony Daley for helping with the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
1st Live Photo on-line:
Tony, who id'ed this to genus, said the strange hair on the back is "elongate scale-like setae on the scutum".
They have a large size range between ~8 to ~10mm long.
This beautiful fly has a very long mouth/proboscis and antennae. Bascially black with 2 orange/yellow bands on it's wings. Note the bright yellow halteres. The lower front tibia (middle part of the leg) does seem to have a small orange/pale band.
Ken Walker saw the observation on Bowerbird and contacted Chris Lambkin who kindly narrowed it down to species.
We found and photographed a copulating pair, and apart from one (we assume male) being smaller (9.5mm vs 10.5mm), we couldn't differentiate them - they looked exactly the same.
We have photographed 7 specimens in Dec & Jan.