Robber Flies are hanging thieves in the insect world and dropping everything when a good-looking meal flies by.
Robber Flies eat an assortment of insects like biting flies and other flying insects like bees, butterflies, and wasps. his species particularly likes bees and dragonflies as well as biting flies. During the day, the Robber Fly hangs by its front legs from branches or objects near the ground, waiting to ambush passing prey. It is a fast and noisy flyer, giving chase to insects that are already in flight. When it something, it uses its legs to grab and take hold of the body, stopping prey from escaping. Once captured, the Robber Fly stops on a branch or leaf and uses its durable mouth to pierce the body of its victim and then suck out its insides.
Robber Flies make a loud whirring noise as they fly because they beat their wings so quickly. They may be mistaken for a bee or a wasp because of the buzzing noise they create coupled with their large size. Robber Flies come in a variety of species. The ones from the Diogmites genus have a few color variations and different striped markings on the abdomen per individuals and are less hairy than others.
Scientific Name: Diogmites sp.
Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 18mm to 40mm (0.70in to 1.56in)
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