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Subject: Beautiful bug
Location: Bradenton, Florida
August 6, 2016 1:07 pm
About 1 inch long.
Signature: Kathleen

Hanging Thief

Hanging Thief

Dear Kathleen,
This Robber Fly is commonly called a Hanging Thief because of their habit of hanging from one leg while devouring prey they have captured on the wing.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Bradenton, Florida

One Response to Hanging Thief

  1. Larval robber flies are seldom seen, and are usually found in soil. They are legless and soft-bodied, and some are fairly large. A robber fly larva is pictured here at Florida’s Featured Creatures page. Larval and adult robber flies are predators of other insects. The adults are famous for their ability to capture prey in the air. In fact, robber flies will often catch insects that are larger than themselves, such as bumble bees.

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