Large Mud-nesting Wasp Mimicking Fly
March Fly
Female, dorsal
Large Mud-nesting Wasp Mimicking Fly (Palimmecomyia pictipennis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Deer Fly (Tabanidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Large Mud-nesting Wasp Mimicking Fly (Palimmecomyia pictipennis)
This Photo:     In flight
Synonym: Scaptia pictipennis

Thank you Tony Daley for identifying, Reiner Richter, Dr Martin Hauser & Dr Bryan Lessard for confirming and Dr Ken Walker 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 said: "What a great looking species, and wonderful record Brett! I'm fairly confident by their colouring and wing markings this is Palimmecomyia pictipennis ... they differ from the original description in only the abdominal dark band being slightly more extensive behind, though apparently these are rare so don't think many specimens have been collected, add to that only two females were examined and the male not known at the time of the description by Mackerras (1960)."

Similar Species: Large Mud-nesting Wasp (Abispa ephippium)

Copyright © 2015-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Oct-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.