Orange-backed Robber Fly
S14, Female, profile
Orange-backed Robber Fly
S9, Female, Closed Wing Venation
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:     🔍S14, Female, Wing Venation🔎

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.

Copyright © 2021-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 17-Dec-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.