Wasp Mimicking Fly
Profile, ~10mm
Wasp Mimicking Fly
Hey gotta go for the eye shot ;-)
Wasp Mimicking Fly (Agapophytus aterrimus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Stilletto Fly (Therevidae)
Species: Wasp Mimicking Fly (Agapophytus aterrimus)
This Photo:     Elongated scale-like setae on the scutum

Thank you Dr Chris Lambkin for identifying 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
The 1,000th species posted on the Ellura web site. A BIG thank you to all those experts who have contributed their time & energy to help us identify our local species

Tony, who id'ed this to genus, said the strange hair on the back is "elongate scale-like setae on the scutum".
This beautiful fly was ~10mm long, with a very long mouth/proboscis and antennae. Bascially black with 2 orange/yellow bands on it's wings. The lower front tibia (middle part of the leg) does seem to have a small orange band.
Ken Walker saw the observation on Bowerbird and contacted Chris Lambkin who kindly narrowed it down to species.
Mimics the Calopompilus spider wasp quite well: Spider Wasp

Copyright © 2017-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 04-Jan-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.