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Red Footed Cannibalfly?
Location:  Central Indiana
August 2, 2010 10:15 am
My daughter snapped this photo of what we believe is a Red Footed Cannibalfly based on the information on this site. We live in the central part of Indiana. This photo was taken August 1, 2010. This guy was hanging out on our deck rail near our Sunflower plants. It appears as if he is having his lunch.
ajanisch

Red Footed Cannibalfly eats Hymenopteran

Hi ajanish,
Your letter excites us for numerous reasons.  We are happy someone used a recent posting to correctly identify a previously unknown to them creature.  We are also excited to get a second letter with an awesome Food Chain image of this gorgeous stealth hunter.  We are also a bit proud that we were able to identify the image of the Red Footed Cannibalfly, Promachus rufipes, we posted this morning and the colorful common name was just the morale boost we needed before going off to a difficult day at work at the college.  We wish we were proficient enough to identify the Hymenopteran prey.  It is not a Honey Bee.  Could it be a Yellowjacket? or a solitary Sand Wasp?  Might it be a solitary Bee?  Hopefully, a hymenopterist or a gifted amateur enthusiast will email the correct identification.

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