Big Bee / Wasp?
Location: Kalgoorlie Western Australia (Desert)
January 30, 2011 1:18 am
can u identify this thing? It was fouund at my hsbands work yesterday (Gold mine, Kalgoorlie Western Australia) after it stung / bit him, mild irritation went away quickly. I have tried to identify it withot success.
Signature: Sarah Ryan

Giant Robber Fly

Hi Sarah,
This is a Robber Fly in the family Asilidae.  Robber Flies are predators, and though they do not prey upon humans, they can bite if carelessly handled.  We searched the Insects of Brisbane website and we believe we have identified your specimen as a Giant Robber Fly,
Phellus olgae.

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3 Responses to Giant Robber Fly from Australia

  1. pepsis says:

    Howdy, your giant robber fly from Australia is Phellus glaucus. The dense whitish pile on T1 and T2 give it away. I would be interested to trade for members of this and other large genera from your area. Great find!

  2. asilid says:

    Beautiful fly.

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