a strange bug from central australia
Hi Bugman,
We found this funny looking creature at our chook shed this morning. I thought it looked like Darth Vader! It has a very orange upper abdomen which it flashes when beating wings. It also has hairy and very long legs. It was about 5cm long. It has a proboscus like a cicada… My girlfriend thinks its a cicada…I think it’s a Star Wars character..! Help
Jay and Ada – Alice Springs, Australia

Hi Jay and Ada,
This swift flying predator is a Robber Fly. By the way, one of our favorite books is Ada by Vladimir Nabokov and it has hundreds of insect references.

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