Subject: Large Horsefly…ish???
Location: Raleigh, NC
August 11, 2016 8:09 pm
I’ve attached a photo (that I promise I took) of an insect in Raleigh, NC in June. It stands about an inch tall and is a little more than an inch long. I’m working on a “Critter Album” for my little girls, and I’m trying my best to ID all that I can. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Signature: Sam the inquisitive dad
Dear San the inquisitive dad,
Your Critter Album sounds like an awesome way to educate your girls about the wonders of the natural world. This is a Robber Fly in the genus Diogmites. They are commonly called Hanging Thieves because they frequently hang from one leg while feeding on prey.