Animal Species:Robber flies

Robber flies are large, bristly flies that catch their prey (usually other insects) mid-flight.

Robber flies mating

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Standard Common Name

Robber flies

Alternative Name/s

Assassin flies

Size range

5 mm - 30 mm

Distribution

Robber flies throughout Australia. Because of their size and active habits, robber flies are one of the more common flies seen in Sydney.

Habitat

Robber flies live in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Feeding and Diet

Each leg of the robber fly has a pair of strong claws to catch their prey before injecting a powerful poison. Enzymes help to digest the meal and all that remains is the discarded exoskeleton (external skeleton).

Classification

Family:
Asilidae
Superfamily:
Asiloidea
Order:
Diptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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