Random Insect: Robber fly

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Robber fly (Diptera: Asilidae) photographed 06/20/2014 near Clayton, Michigan.

Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) are sometimes also known as assassin flies, and for good reason. These stout-bodied predators routinely hunt down a variety of insect prey, some often larger than themselves. Wasps, bees, dragonflies, and grasshoppers are usually on the menu. They’re typically seen resting on high surfaces in relatively dry, open areas, watching for movement. When they see a potential prey item they swoop down, catching it while in flight. In addition to being dangerous to other insects, they can present a hazard to humans as well. Mishandled robber flies will not hesitate to deliver painful bites.

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Robber fly (Diptera: Asilidae) photographed 06/20/2014 near Clayton, Michigan.

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About Jeremy Sell

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