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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Robber Fly (Family Asilidae) Athens, PA

Located along the banks of the Susqehanna River in Athens, PA this morning; I present to you another very interesting wild neighbor, the robber fly. With over a thousand species of robber flies in North America I'm not going to pretend I'm anywhere near proficient enough to take a stab at a species ID on this one. Robber flies are notable insects. A predator of predators, some robber flies have been known to take down wasps, beetles, and even dragonflies! They capture these on the wing and then consume these other insect predators as food. Since they are not aggressive towards humans, this is one more type of arthropod that we may enjoy without fear during these hot Summer months.

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