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Not your average blowfly

By Canfan 9 November 2014 3

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Thanks to Craig for sending this one in…

“One for the insect lovers. Saw this strangely patterned fly(?) in the backyard today. It’s about the size of a blowfly. A search of CSIRO, google etc didn’t show anything that had these kinds of patterns. I assume that the markings are a kind of false head to keep away predators or to stop magpies swooping on bike paths?”

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Evilomlap 4:18 pm 11 Nov 14

It’s a Silence of the Lambs fly, Antonius hopkinius

dungfungus 9:22 pm 10 Nov 14

Are they endangered species and do they nest on the proposed light rail route?

Funky Claude 2:21 pm 10 Nov 14

Try a Bristle Fly, Amphibolia vidua or similar.

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