The smaller fly on the left is Microstylum cilipes and the one on the right is probably, in view of its size and bulk, Proagonistes gigantipes. I have an M. cilipes in my collection, as well as a Proagonistes pliomelas (which grows the biggest of the genus) from West Africa.
Last Edit: Jun 18, 2013 3:22:41 GMT -8 by johnnyboy
Post by lucanidae25 on Aug 19, 2013 17:33:44 GMT -8
I've been collecting in Australia for more than 20 years, only ever caught one Phellus olgae female. I was looking for Pseudotaenia waterhousei west of Brisbane and came across a Phellus olgae sitting on a horizontal branch. They were feeding on Buprestidae twice as big as them but how do you catch a robber fly sitting on a horizontal branch? Luckily I made a slapping net myself with a lid that slaps open and shut. I waited the weather got cloudy and very slowly approached it from below, slapped shut the net and shaked the blanch till it droped down in the net. I still couldn't believed it till today that female let me approached her, maybe she has just laid her eggs and on the dying edge.