Hello Bug People!
My daughter and I were quite surprised when this large insect buzzing around our deck returned with a yellow jacket for lunch. I was able to capture the Kodak moment, and with your website, identified the insect as a Robber Fly. What a brave guy — out catching bees (how DO they do that?!) and not a bit fazed by a camera in its face… Blessings,
Judging by the prominent beard and the large size, this must be a Giant Robber Fly in the genus Protacanthus. Thanks for getting up close and personal.
Update: August 14, 2011
In doing some site maintenance, we realized we never properly identified this Red Footed Cannibalfly.