This page contains pictures and information about Wasp-mimic Robber Flies in Subfamily
that we found
in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Robber flies in this subfamily have the wing vein R2+3 open, ending on the
wing margin. Their antenna terminal is sometimes thickened. The fore tibia
with an apical spur; one of the spines at the apex of the ventral side of the
fore tibia is enlarged. Some robber flies in this subfamily have orange or yellow marking on body
or wings to mimic Apoid and Vespid wasps.
- Brachyrhopalinae is a new subfamily in Asilidae. Those robber fly species
were recognised within Dasypogoninae by the large spine on the front tibiae. This has been used as a diagnostic character for Dasypogoninae. Based on the phylogenetic hypothesis derived by Dikow (2009) this spine has been independently derived at least once in the Australian
Brachyrhopalinae. This group is transferred to the newly erected Brachyrhopalinae.
- Robber Flies in Subfamily Brachyrhopalinae can be recognized by the following
- - antenna terminal is sometimes thickened,
- - with apical spur on fore tibiae,
- Robber Flies in this tribe can be distinguished from others by the
presence of a pair of short stout spines above the wing-insertions. The
antennae are three-segmented with first and second segments are short. The third
segment is twice the length of the two basal segments added. There are no or
very few hairs on thorax. This tribe is confined within Australia and Papua
- Wasp-mimic Robber
- Chrysopogon splendidissimus, body length 25mm
- In mid summer we found this Wasp Mimic Robber Fly hunting on the ground among the dry leaves
in Mt Cotton bushland. At first we thought it was a wasp. It is
actually a robber fly mimicking a wasp. The antennae and the
stance in the second picture are typical of robber flies. More information and pictures about this fly can
be found in this page.
- Wasp-mimic Robber Fly II
- Chrysopogon trianguliferus, body length 10mm
- This Robber Fly is bright orange in colour with dark wings. We found it in Ford Road
Conservation Area on Feb 2011. The fly was flying in short distance between
low plants hunting for prey. Please check this page
for more information.
- Zebra Robber Fly I
- Chrysopogon pilosifacies, body length 15mm
- The Robber Flies have alternating black and white strips on body so we
called them Zebra Robber Flies. We saw them a few times in Karawatha Forest during
mid summer. This Rubber Fly waits for prey on tree trunk. Please check this page
for more information.
- Zebra Robber Fly II
- Chryseutria nigrinus, body length 20mm
- Robber Flies in this tribe can be distinguished from other tribes by the
presence of a pair of short stout spines above the wing-insertions, as shown
in the above close-up image. Please
check this page for more information about
this robber fly.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 758.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p362.
- 3. Family ASILIDAE Robber Flies - Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory.
- 4. Australian Asilidae - Dr. Robert
Lavigne, Honorary Research Associate, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA.
- 5. A taxonomic revision of the tribe Chrysopogonini (Diptera: Asilidae) - Clements, A.N. 1985, Australian Journal of Zoology, Suppl. Ser. No. 109. 93 pp.
- 6. A phylogenetic hypothesis for Asilidae based on a total evidence analysis of morphological and DNA sequence data (Insecta: Diptera:
Brachycera: Asilidae) - Dikow, T. 2009, Organisms, Diversity & Evolution 9: 165–188.
- 7. Phylogeny of Asilidae inferred from morphological characters of imagines (Insecta: Diptera: Brachycera: Asiloidea) - Dikow, T. 2009, Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 319: 1-175 [Date published 17 March 2009]
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