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Wasp Mimic Robber fly feeding


Wasp Mimic Robber fly feeding off a Spider Initially I thought it was the spider (Cyclosa ssp?) which had the Robber fly in its grasp. But I was really surprised when I zoomed in on the photograph in my camera. In the next few seconds the Robber fly took off and the dead spider just dropped to the ground.

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vipin.baliga 7 years ago

Thanks a lot Gordon... :-)
I was surprised and fascinated on seeing this behavior... :-)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 7 years ago

A very interesting story! I never knew that robber flies would go after spiders. I wonder if this behavior is repeated in other places and species and I wonder what physical/behavioral adaptations a robber fly possesses that prevents it from becoming entangled in the spider's web? Thanks for posting your spotting. Fascinating....

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Karnataka, India

Spotted on Nov 6, 2012
Submitted on Nov 16, 2012

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