Catching His Breath

Ann  Van Breemen

Surfers Paradise, Australia

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I rescued this Robber Fly from the bird bath after I found him floating upside down. He rested for a few minutes while I took his photo then flew away as if nothing had happened.

“The Asilidae are the robber fly family, also called assassin flies. 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.
In general the family attacks a very wide range of prey, including other flies, beetles, butterflies and moths, various bees, ants, dragon and damselflies, ichneumon wasps, grasshoppers, and some spiders. They do so apparently irrespective of any repugnatorial chemicals the prey may have at its disposal. Many Asilidae when attacked in turn do not hesitate to defend themselves with their proboscides and may deliver intensely painful bites if handled incautiously." Wikepedia.

Taken in my back garden at Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, Australia on the 3rd March 2014.

Canon EOS 6D.
Sigma 150mm Macro lens.

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