Hercules Robberfly

Neoaratus hercules (Wiedemann, 1828)

This species has large eyes, white hairs on the face, a powerful and dome-shaped thorax (chest), large wings and a long, thin abdomen.

The name 'robberfly' reflects the notoriously aggressive predatory behaviour of these animals. They feed mainly on other insects. Their hunting method is to wait in ambush and then catch their prey in flight. They have a preference for hunting the introduced honey-bee

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What habitats does Neoaratus hercules live in?

Open eucalypt forests and woodlands

What is the distribution of Neoaratus hercules?

South-eastern Australia including Northern Tasmania

How big does Neoaratus hercules grow?

Can grow to around 40mm

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