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Robber Flies

A robber fly (Triorla interrupta) preying on a dragonfly (Plathemis lydia).
Thomas Shahan [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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A robber fly (Triorla interrupta) preying on a dragonfly (Plathemis lydia).

They are powerfully built, bristly flies with a short, stout proboscis enclosing the sharp, sucking hypopharynx. The name "robber flies" reflects their notoriously aggressive predatory habits; they feed mainly or exclusively on other insects and as a rule they wait in ambush and catch their prey in flight.

  

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