Robber Fly

Ok Bugman, I live in North Scottsdale, AZ. I was at work the other night and one of our regular customers came inside and said, "excuse me, but can you tell me if this is a spider or a bird?" Bugman, I am not squeamish around almost any insect (well, except centipedes, but I think everyone should be), but this thing is horrific. I’ve lived here all my life and have never seen anything like it. And by the pictures, you can tell it was devouring a bee. Later, it dropped the bee, which was still barely alive, and mostly hollow. What the…? Please help, I am extremely curious. Check out the few attached photos. Hope to hear from you soon.
Creeped out,
PS-: It had a feather like hump, short antennae, a grasshopper/segmented like body, spiny legs, and huge eyes. I’ve studied biology, and I don’t get the conglamorate parts of this creature!

Hi Chelsea,
Great photo of a Robber Fly. These are predators that will devour many types of insects. They are also capable of biting painfully.

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