Family: Asilidae (robber flies)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Phylum: Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Panorpida > Antliophora > Diptera (flies) > Brachycera > Muscomorpha > Asiloidea

Neolophonotus sp. with captured ant alate, in mesic mountain fynbos.

Synolcus dubius, photographed in Cape Town by N. Larsen.

Pegesimallus sp. in mesic mountain fynbos.

Large robber fly with butterfly prey, photographed in Eastern Cape.



Oldroyd, H. 1974. An introduction to the robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of South Africa. Annals of the Natal Museum 22: 1-171.

Dikow, T. & Londt, J.G.H. 2000. A review of Lamyra Low (Diptera: Asilidae: Laphriinae). African Entomology 8: 189-200. [reviews the 4 species recognised. Members of this genus usually feed on wasps, bees and flies and some species look wasp-like in appearance and behaviour]. 


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