Robber Fly

William Brennan

Rockaway, United States

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Subject: Robber Fly
Location: Lake Telemark,NJ, USA
Equipment: Nikon D3200 w/Nikon 105mm Macro Lens
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All robber flies have stout, spiny legs and 3 simple eyes (ocelli) in a characteristic depression between their two large compound eyes. They also have a usually dense moustache of stiff bristles on the face; this is called the mystax, a term derived from the Greek mystakos meaning “moustache” or “upper lip”. The mystax probably affords some protection for the head and face when the flies deal with struggling prey.

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