Awl Robber Fly

Neoitamus cyanurus, the Common Awl Robberfly: Adults can be found from May to October, peaking in June and July. It is an ancient woodland species (especially oak). The adult insects perch on tree trunks, or branches waiting for other flying insects, which they then capture with their long bristly legs. Their prey is often larger than the captor. The prey spectrum is broad including, for example, small butterflies, green lacewings (Pseudomallada ventralis), flies, gnats, cicadas, beetles and many more. The larvae develop in the soil and there feed on insect larvae.

Common awl robber-fly.

Neoitamus cyanurus: the Common Awl Robberfly

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