Robber Fly photographed on window. (This fly was photographed sitting vertically on the glass, but shot has been rotated 90 degrees for this page).
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ROBBER FLY FACTS
Robber Flies are medium to large hunting flies with long strong legs used to catch prey on flight. They have large eyes, and distinct "neck" between the head and abdomen. The abdomen is long and thin. Most species have a beard of stiff bristles (called setae) around the proboscis. Most Robber Flies are brown or reddish-brown in colour. The eyes are large and in some species are reflective. Some species can give people a painful bite.
Assassin Fly, Bee Killer.
typical size is about 25mm
Adults prey on insects and spiders and can catch insects in flight. Robber Fly larvae feed on soft-bodied insects and other insect larvae.
Females lay cream coloured eggs on plants or in soil, bark, or wood. The larvae live in the soil or in rotting wood where they pupate.
|Common Name:||Robber Fly|