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06 February 2011

Robber Fly

Late last summer I had this odd fly perching in my yard. It was fairly large, and very conspicuous.
Robber Fly

Robber FlyThis fly is known as a Robber Fly, from the family Asilidae. I'm not sure of the exact species.

Like many of the insects and bugs I've profiled, this one is a voracious predator. Robber flies are known to even attack larger bees and wasps! In fact, some robber flies will even take on dragonflies.

They use their spiny legs to help clutch their prey, and then will literally suck the prey to death.

As always, I welcome any assistance in identifying the species.

8 comments:

  1. Sorry, can't ID the species, but that is a great photo!

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  2. What an interesting looking bug. I really like the focus on this shot.

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  3. Wow I never thought some body could bully or kill a dragonfly ^)^, since dragonflies has pretty good size already. Great capture!
    Macro Monday

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  4. WOW, indeed!!! I'm speechless!!! Wonderful picture! Cathy

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  5. This is fantastic - what a nice little fellow. I love its nose and big eyes.

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  6. Great macro on that fly that I can´t identify either. But I know that we have these fly´s in Sweden too , beacause I have photographed one too last summer :)

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  7. Super sharp focus. Great macro.

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