Subject: Huge Robberfly
Location: 36°42’57.27″N 29°14’9.57″E
March 13, 2016 9:05 am
Seen in Turkey last summer. Quite high up (maybe 900m) in a pine forest about 20km inland in SW Turkey near Fethiye. The largest robberfly I have ever seen with a body which must be 40mm long at least. Beautiful looking beastie. You can clearly see the left haltere under the wing in this photo. Despite a lot of googling I am no closer to getting a scientific name for it.
Signature: Sean Stevenson
Your request arrived while we were out of the office, traveling with Journalism students to NYC. Your Robber Fly looks very much like this image taken in Italy that is posted on the Diptera Info forum that is identified as being in one of the genera “Tolmerus/Machimus sp. It is a female of a group of very hard to id species.”
Yes, that looks about right-thanks very much!