Collecting Asilidae in South Africa and Namibia

@colin25 @bushboy @tonyrebelo @alandmanson @happyasacupcake @cecileroux @sallyslak @magdastlucia @karoopixie @nicky @rjpretor @alexdreyer

Hi all,

I'm looking to acquire molecular-grade specimens of Asilidae from all over the world, (and relevant to this post) especially southern Africa. Such specimens would be instrumental in reconstructing the evolutionary history of these venomous predators, and also aid in their taxonomic revision and reclassification.

Would any of you included here have the means or interest to collect robber flies into 90-100% ethanol? Please let me know if so, and I can provide further details.

I hope you all are staying safe and healthy!


Posted on September 07, 2020 02:38 PM by myelaphus myelaphus


Hi Chris - I could certainly give it a bash!


Posted by sallyslak over 3 years ago

Hi Chris,
I can too.
Cheers, Alan

Posted by alandmanson over 3 years ago

Hi Chris.
Thank you for including me on your request. I won't be putting robbers (or anything else) in alcohol, sorry. Not sure how I'd catch the speedy little chaps anyway ;-)
Good luck with your project.

Posted by karoopixie over 3 years ago

Hi Chris,

Sorry not able to at the moment (in the UK) but have dry specimens if of interest.

Posted by steveuk over 3 years ago

Hi Chris,

Sorry, not a clue how to go about to catch one of those guys.

Warm Zululand regards,

St Lucia

Posted by magdastlucia over 3 years ago

Hi Chris

I will have to see if I can catch one first.

Good luck with your project


Posted by happyasacupcake over 3 years ago




Posted by rjpretor over 3 years ago

Thank you for including me. I will stick to taking photos, but won't be collecting for you. Good Luck with your project.


Posted by nicky over 3 years ago

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