What is the largest type of fly in the world?



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    The largest known fly is native to Brazil and called Gauromydas heros.  It has a body that can be up to 6cm long (about 2.4 inches) but rarely feeds as an adult and lives only a few days.

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    Here’s a picture of one!

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    Mydas flies are the most diverse and abundant in arid regions of the world. Little is known about their biology, though larvae of some species appear to be subterranean predators of ants. Many of these flys are mimics of stinging Hymentoperans, especially wasps.


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