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Hornet robberfly

Asilus crabroniformis


Reaching more than 25 mm in body length, it is one of the largest flies in Cephalonia island and feeds on grasshoppers, dung beetles and other flies. Unlike an actual hornet, the robberfly only has one yellow patch on its abdomen and one pair of wings. The larvae are believed to feed on dung beetle larvae and other detritivores.


A. crabroniformis can be found in woodland clearings and well-drained areas of Mt. Ainos National Park during the summer months.

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Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Πελοποννήσου, Δυτικής Ελλάδας και Ιονίου, Greece

Spotted on Jul 15, 2012
Submitted on Dec 30, 2016

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