The Robber Fly Dioctria baumhaueri

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Dioctria baumhaueri

 

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Dioctria baumhaueri

A robber fly is any of the predatory dipterous flies constituting the family Asilidae, which have a strong bristly body with piercing mouthparts and which prey on other insects. Also called bee killer and assassin fly.

Dioctria, including the Stripe-legged Robber fly (Dioctria baumhaueri), whose preferred prey are small ichneumonid wasps, tend to be rather delicate insects.

 

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