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One "GIANT" Fly!

The Giant Robber Fly is no small fly at all, with this Giant Blue Robber Fly (Blepharotes spendidissimus) being about 35mm long, while the Giant Yellow Robber Fly is larger again at 45mm long but the back of its abdomen is yellow, unlike this one with only the yellow stripes on it. For size reference it is sitting on the broad (10-12mm wide) strap leaf of a Lomandra longifolia.


K1024572[CaOne]adj-Giant Robber Fly by Ross, on Flickr
E-M1 Mk II & MC14+40-150 Pro lens.

This fly is heard as it flies & later landed on my jeans. They have been known to land on one's hand & posed for a photo.

Thanks for looking & hope your 2019 will be a good one.

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Re: One "GIANT" Fly!

Nice shot of a magnificent insect.

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Re: One "GIANT" Fly!

Nice shot Ross and fascinating subject
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Re: One "GIANT" Fly!

Great shot. What lens was used?
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Re: One "GIANT" Fly!

Nice shot. Commonly mistaken for something that stings? Hover flies are a major pest in beer Gardens here in the UK. Everyone thinks they're wasps. Even those of us know, at a rational level, that they're not wasps because of un-wasp-like way they fly, can flinch when they go for our pint!
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Re: One "GIANT" Fly!

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Nice shot of a magnificent insect.

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Thank you Harold.

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Nice shot Ross and fascinating subject
Thanks Alf.

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Great shot. What lens was used?
Thanks Keith. I've added it in now but it was with the 40-150Pro + MC14.

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Nice shot. Commonly mistaken for something that stings? Hover flies are a major pest in beer Gardens here in the UK. Everyone thinks they're wasps. Even those of us know, at a rational level, that they're not wasps because of un-wasp-like way they fly, can flinch when they go for our pint!
I think I could hold it OK if I caught it, but it does stick its proboscis into other insects, injects its saliva that dissolves the in-ards of its victim to suck it all up. Our March Flies try it on us though & hurt when they (females) bite.

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Re: One "GIANT" Fly!

With photo's like you've just put up - the stuff of nightmare = The Fly - it is easy to see where some people get their ideas for alien monsters.

We have a fly called a Horse Fly which, when bitten by the female of the species, carries a painful bite. The females apparently need blood to breed? I have been informed it is the fastest flying thing on the planet so there is no chance of outrunning it. Although it can be fatal to the bovine family it poses no danger to humans... that we know of.

Just looked it up... Male horsefly (Hybomitra hinei) 145.8 km/h almost 90mph. Now that is scary
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With photo's like you've just put up - the stuff of nightmare = The Fly - it is easy to see where some people get their ideas for alien monsters.

We have a fly called a Horse Fly which, when bitten by the female of the species, carries a painful bite. The females apparently need blood to breed? I have been informed it is the fastest flying thing on the planet so there is no chance of outrunning it. Although it can be fatal to the bovine family it poses no danger to humans... that we know of.

Just looked it up... Male horsefly (Hybomitra hinei) 145.8 km/h almost 90mph. Now that is scary
I think the name March Fly & Horse Fly tend to be interchangeable here.
Here is one (about 15mm long) that landed on my boot back in October of 2010.



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