Category:  Nature Photography | Posted: September 9, 2018

Robberfly having a fly for lunch

The Assassin and Victim

by iPhone7

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Assassin Flies or Robber flies are a diverse group of predatory flies that typically perch in an open area, swiveling their heads to look around, then flitting out to chase insect prey. Most have a long, tapered abdomen, a rather humpbacked appearance, and spiny legs. They typically rest with wings folded down the back. The face often appears bearded, and the mouthparts are a pointy knifelike proboscis for injecting saliva into prey. Between the two large compound eyes, the head is depressed, with three tiny eyes (ocelli) in that little valley. Many make a distinctive buzz or rattle in flight. They inject neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes that paralyze their prey and digest their intestines.

Post Type Mixed Media Photography Mixed Media Some
cropped, erased distractions, slight vignette, various filters

Insect Photograpy
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