Subject: Unidentified predatory insect Italy
Geographic location of the bug: Abruzzo Italy
Time: 12:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hello, can you help me identify this obviously predatory insect which appears to be feeding on a bee. The photo was taken 1/7/2021 in Abruzzo Itay. I have shown the photo locally but no-one seems to recognise it.
How you want your letter signed: J. Seymour
Dear J. Seymour,
This is one impressive Robber Fly in the family Asilidae. We believe it is Pogonosoma maroccanum which is pictured in our archives. It is pictured on the Global Biodiversity Information Facility site and on the Smithsonian EOL site.