Subject: Really weird scary fly(?)
Location: In East Finland, close to the border to Russia
July 14, 2012 8:32 am
Hi, I found this kind of a bug yesterday from this one pole outside, I first thought that it was some kind of a big moth but when I went to look at it closely I was really shocked of what it really was… And today I found two of them in the same pole. So do you have any idea what it is? It’s about 3-4 centimeters tall, and it seems to eat other insects as in the last picture one of them is eating a ladybug.
I tried searching it from books but I couldn’t find anything that would have even looked like it. In the internet again I found pictures of these ”robber flies” and some of the species remind me of this bug. So could this be some species of the robber fly?
I would also like to know that is it possible that it bites humen? My dad was quite sure that it would bite me if I went there but it looked more like the bug tried to mind its own business and be in peace when I went too close.
Hope to get answers to my questions soon.
With love, Heidi.
You are correct that this is a Robber Fly, but we are not familiar with European species and we cannot at the moment provide a genus or species. We have not heard of anyone being bitten by a Robber Fly and they are not aggressive toward humans, but they are predators with piercing mouthparts. It is entirely possible if one carelessly handled a Robber Fly that a bite might occur.
Thank you for answering my questions, I’m very happy to know about the fly. I’m very curious about it, so I will try to find out more information about it. I was happily surprised that I was able to tell that it was a robber fly, it should now be easier for me to try to find out more about it.
Thank you again, and keep on the good work!
From: Heidi (Finland)