Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

Robber Fly


I heard a buzzing noise then a thud. This fly caught a Yellow Jacket in mid-air and landed on the table. It flew away but didn't get very far with its heavy lunch. The legs are black and red. The thorax is long and red with black along the sides and on the tip.


Backyard in Oak woodland

No species ID suggestions


Sckel 3 years ago

Hi Cindy congratulations.

Great spot, congratulations. Are you SOTD and SOTW?

The heading says: "Spotting of the Day" and at the bottom it says: "Spot of the Week" ??!!

Thank you Rangers and PN family! I'm glad you liked this lucky spotting as much as I do. Well lucky for me and the fly but not the Yellow Jacket :)

Vinny 3 years ago

Such clear shots!

James McNair
James McNair 3 years ago

Well deserved SOTW. Congrats Cindy!

LisaPowers 3 years ago

Congratulations Cindy! This spotting has been chosen as our Ranger selected Spot of the Week! Nice series and details!

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Michelle Tiegs
Michelle Tiegs 3 years ago

Wow, a Robber fly caching a yellow jacket in mid air. Wow.

Thank you Ashley! It's great when the spotting comes to you :)

AshleyT 3 years ago

Awesome series, Cindy!

California, USA

Lat: 33.04, Long: -116.86

Spotted on Jul 20, 2015
Submitted on Jul 22, 2015

Related spottings

Robber fly Robber fly Bee-Like Robber Fly Robber Fly

Nearby spottings

Western Tussock Moth Geometrid Moth Wood Cockroach Burrowing Bug