Large Mud-nesting Wasp Mimicking Fly
Mating
Ellura
Rutilia-mimicking Bristle Fly
Dorsal
 
                      
Large Mud-nesting Wasp Mimicking Fly (Palimmecomyia pictipennis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Deer Fly (Tabanidae)
Species: Large Mud-nesting Wasp Mimicking Fly (Palimmecomyia pictipennis)
This Photo:     In flight
Synonym: Scaptia pictipennis

Thank you Tony Daley for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Here's what 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 sp)

Copyright © 2015-2021 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.