Robber Fly from Australia

Subject: Is this a wasp?
Location: Canterbury, Sydney, Australia
November 3, 2016 12:58 am
Hello! This “little” guy is currently in our kitchen, we will try to remove him. I’m wondering what this is, my first guess would be wasp but im not sure. I couldn’t get a good view from the side so I’m not sure what the midsection looks like. He’s about an inch from the top of the first leg to the bottom of the stinger (?) We are in the third month of spring, its been warm and windy. We live in the suburbs though plenty of flowers and trees around.
Signature: Spires

Robber Fly
Robber Fly

Dear Spires,
This is a Robber Fly, and that is an exceptionally long ovipositor (see BugGuide) and not a stinger.  Large Robber Flies might bite if carelessly handled, but though they are predators, they are not aggressive toward humans.  We could not find a visual match on the Brisbane Insect site.

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