Robber fly with prey

Robber fly with prey

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Credit: VALERIE GILES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Robber fly (family Asilidae) with its prey, an Eastern tailed-blue butterfly (Everes comyntas). More than 4200 species of robber flies are known. The robber fly, or bee killer, is a predator of flying insects. It has large, protuberant eyes, which permits a broad field of view. Its neck and the front of its dorsal thorax are mobile, enabling the head to be turned in a wide arc when searching for prey. The robber fly has a short, powerful proboscis, used for sucking juices of its prey. Photographed in Pennsylvania, USA.

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