Out to Lunch: Robber Fly Edition

Dicotria robber fly standing with small parasitic wasp prey

This Dioctria sp. robber fly has made a meal of a small parasitoid wasp.

I sadly have only seen two robber flies, both Dioctria sp. similar to the one featured in this post, so far this summer. Hopefully there are many more yet to come. I particularly would like to see and photograph the tiny robbers with the wide eyes, which are Holocephala sp., a.k.a. “ogre gnats.” It’s been a while since I’ve had a good go at them. Wouldn’t complain if I got the ones playing dress up either, of course. Heck, I’ll take whatever I can get.

Until then this older shot will have to suffice for a robber fly fix.


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