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Small Yellow Robber Fly

Dolopus sp.


A large and bristly fly with some small white prey resembling a white elephant larva.


On grass head next to a lake in open nature reserve.


Family: Asilidae.. Adults feed on insects and spiders and catch insects in flight. Robber Fly larvae feed on soft-bodied insects and larvae. The robber fly legs have a pair of strong claws to catch their prey. They then inject a powerful poison with enzymes to digest the meal. They seem to be quite unselective about prey even tackling much larger dragonflies.

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Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 28, 2012
Submitted on Nov 28, 2012

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