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Robberfly

Observed: 23rd May 2012 By: ophrys
Yorkshire Naturalists' Union
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atricapilla a
atricapilla b
atricapilla c
Description:

Stunning Robberfly of grassland. Common locally at the moment.

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Robber

I want to see these! Asilids are a favourite subject - always alert and purposeful as they hunt for prey. I like the way some will chase grass seeds flicked past them.... and how they'll tackle prey as big, or even bigger than themselves! Real lean, mean killing machines. I did see a small Dioctria recently, maybe rufipes, but couldn't get near it. Haven't been able to get out much lately due to work pressures, but hope that will change soon!

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.