Mexican Robber Fly
I wrote you last year with this huge unknown insect and you
were able to id it as a Mexican Robber Fly; very rare and
only seen in Arizona and only a few times.
Well, he’s baaaack. I got one of these shots on August
26, 2008 and the second one on Sept. 01, 2008, at which time
I saw TWO of them fly away! I live in a remote desert area
bordering Cochise County, about six miles west of Benson,
Ariz., at an elevation of 4,600 feet. Love your site and use
it all the time to id bugs! Thanks for being there.
Carol L. Breton
Thank you so much for reporting this year’s sighting of Archilestris
Daniel: I don’t think that robber fly is “rare” any more. I collected one in Amado, Santa Cruz County, AZ just the other day, and saw another one at the same location. I think they are probably established in Arizona now.