Subject: Looked like a HUGE Wasp but is a Mosquito?
Location: Aberdeen, NJ (Central NJ)
August 20, 2012 7:59 am
I was at a local shop (in Aberdeen, NJ) with my daughter yesterday and happened to see this HUGE flying insect outside the window. I could have sworn this was the largest Wasp I had ever seen but it really appears to be a Mosquito?
Can you please help me out by telling me what this is?
I don’t know what it is but I’m calling it a descendant of Mothra. (Somebody call Godzilla!!!) I would HATE to have that thing bite me!
Signature: Fred from NJ

Hanging Thief

Hi Fred,
This Hanging Thief is a Robber Fly in the genus
Diogmites.  You were astute to notice the similarities between the Hanging Thief and a mosquito because both Robber Flies and Mosquitoes are in the same insect order, Diptera.  Hanging Thieves are formidable predators that often prey upon wasps and bees that they catch on the wing.

Location: New Jersey

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