Macro photography image of a resting black robber fly, also called assassin flies, on a flower stem at Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester, MA. Photograph was taken on a late morning in July 2013 while the fly was looking to protect itself from rain under the petals of a coneflower. So delighted it stayed a bit longer allowing me to manually focus on the head and capture this insect macro photography image.
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From Wikipedia: The Asilidae are the robber fly family, also called assassin flies. They are powerfully built, bristly flies with short, sharp, stout sucking mouthparts. The name "robber flies" reflects their notoriously aggressive predatory habits; they feed mainly on other insects and they largely wait in ambush and catch their prey in flight. The Asilidae are predators, both in the juvenile stage and the adult stage, and feed on small arthropods, mainly insects. Although predatory forms in the adult stage are present in other taxonomic groups of Diptera the Asilidae are the most representative for the number of species and for uniformity of feeding behaviour.They are aggressive to the point of earning the common name, in English, of "robber flies". The combination of high biodiversity and high predatory activitity leads to this family playing an important role in the ecological stability of entomofauna.
July 3rd, 2013
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