Location: North Cyprus
May 25, 2014 2:44 am
I wonder if you would help me to identify this beastie, which I found munching on a fly on my bougainvillea this morning (25 May). I’ve spent hours searching through the internet, but have failed to identify what I assume is some kind of dragonfly..? I live in Northern Cyprus, in an area bounded by sea on one side and rural maquis, and farmland on the other. I’ve not seen one in the garden before, and whilst I have a pool, this is stringently patrolled by a very territorial ruddy darter. Any help would be much appreciated!
This is a Robber Fly in the family Asilidae, and like the unrelated Dragonfly, it is an adept hunter capable of taking large prey on the wing. Your individual looks very similar to this Promachus species sighted on Cyprus that is posted to Nature Wonders.