Subject: Bug eating yellow jacket
Location: Just east of Toledo Ohio
August 18, 2017 2:07 pm
What’s this bug? Seen on a F150 killing a yellow jacket. Really big and interesting. Thank you
This Giant Robber Fly in the genus Promachus appears to be a Red Footed Cannibalfly. Giant Robber Flies frequently prey upon large stinging insects like wasps and bees.
Wow tyvm. It was the most interesting bug I have seen in a very long time. Never seen it before is it rare?
Sightings on BugGuide cover about 1/4 of North America, and sightings generally occur from July to September. We get numerous identification requests for Red Footed Cannibalflies each summer, so we don’t believe they are considered rare.