Robber Fly from Botswana

Subject: Identification
Location: Ghanzi, Botswana, Africa
May 20, 2014 5:19 am
Good day,
I wish to inquire on the name of this insect.
Signature: This bug is…

Robber Fly
Robber Fly

Dear Alan,
This impressive predator is a Robber Fly in the family Asilidae.  Many large Robber Flies mimic bees, and this individual appears to be a good bee mimic.  Large Robber Flies are able to prey upon hornets and wasps and other large flying insects, and they are very adept at taking prey on the wing.  We will attempt to identify your Robber Fly to the species level.  We located a very similar looking Robber Fly on iSpot, but it is not identified.

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