Hanging Thief rides bus in Brooklyn

Subject:  Bug on the bus
Geographic location of the bug:  Brooklyn, NY
Date: 08/11/2021
Time: 04:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We saw this winged insect on our bus today, we would love to know what it is! Have not seen before in our neighborhood. The insect was about 1” -1.25” in length. And it is hanging out on the bus still, going to Canarsie!
How you want your letter signed:  B13 bus rider

Hanging Thief

Dear B13 bus rider,
This is a Hanging Thief, a predatory Robber Fly in the genus
Diogmites. They are called Hanging Thieves because they often hang from one leg while feeding on prey.

Hanging Thief
Wow! Thank you so much for the ID! Very cool. My kids and I were coming up with all sorts of terrifying and fantastic possibilities, and this commuting insect now features prominently in our imaginary storytellings. Wonder where the Hanging Thief is now, and if it has found any prey aboard the bus?
Thanks again! We love your site!
The B13 Bus Riders 🙂

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