ID help please
I’ve attached a photo that I took in southeast Arizona this past week, around Sierra Vista. I was chasing after what I thought was a Tarantula Hawk and saw it land. As I approached the “bug” I saw that it had been captured by a mystery insect. What captured my target? Thanks in advance for your help, and please keep up the good work. I love using your site as a resource for identifying mystery insects.
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The predator in your photo is a Robber Fly known as a Hanging Thief in the genus Diogmites. The prey is not a Tarantula Hawk, but some species of beetle. The angle of view makes identification a bit difficult.