Last week, while exploring a patch of forest near Caboolture Airport, I disturbed an enormous flying insect that whirred past my head and landed a short distance away in the undergrowth. My first impression was that of a large, dark metallic blue wasp which was carrying something. Raising my binoculars to my eyes, however, revealed that I was looking at a huge, predatory fly—the giant blue robber fly (Blepharotes splendidissimus).
Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera, Stephen A. Marshall, 2012, Firefly Books
Wildlife of Greater Brisbane, 2020, Chris Burwell, Christine Lambkin et al, Queensland Museum