Subject: What is this bug!?
Geographic location of the bug: Glen mills, pa
Time: 10:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: What it this bug?
How you want your letter signed: Katie
This magnificent predator is a Hanging Thief, a Robber Fly in the genus Diogmites, and they are not aggressive towards humans, but we suspect a bite might occur if a person tried to catch one with bare hands. The Hanging Thief captures large flying insects, often on the wing, and then the Hanging Thief hangs from one leg to feed. The prey are frequently Wasps as images here and here in our archives illustrate. In our opinion, your image documents what we consider to be Unnecessary Carnage, and we hope any future encounters you have with a Hanging Thief will end differently now that you have learned a bit about this amazing creature.