Subject: What’s this fly-like insect?
Location: Dubbo, New South Whales, Australia
December 14, 2012 8:31 pm
A friend of mine found this insect in her house. We live in country NSW, Australia. We thought it may have been a horse fly, or cicada or something, but not sure. If you could help identify it, that would be great! thanks.
This is a Robber Fly in the family Asilidae. The closest match we could locate on the Brisbane Insect Website is the Giant Blue Robber Fly, Blepharotes spendidissimus, though we cannot make out the distinctive halteres in your photo. We have a photo in our archive that we identified as a Giant Yellow Robber Fly, Blepharotes coriarius, a member of the same genus.