Geographic location of the bug: Cootamundra, NSW. Australia
Time: 12:55 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Wanting to know what sort of fly this is? Thank you.
How you want your letter signed: Graham
Our initial thought is this must be a Horse Fly (called March Flies in Australia) from the family Tabanidae, but there are no similar looking images on the Brisbane Insects site. The white edge on the compound eye is a trait found in several Bee Flies on the Brisbane Insect site that share that trait. We are going to request assistance from our readership with this identification.
3 thoughts on “Horse Fly, Bee Fly or other????”
I’m not sure what it is, but I’m sure it’s not Tabanidae or Bombyliidae. I guess Rutilia (Tachinidae): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutilia#/media/File:Rutilia_sp_ACT_Australia_8-JAN-2012.JPG
Thanks Cesar. I really should have included Tachinidae among the speculative families.
definitely – look at those erect butt bristles 🙂