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Robber Fly



Elongated abdomen and robust thorax, covered with thick hair, length about 2 cm, black to grey in colour with yellow bands below abdomen, stout, spiny legs and three ocelli on the top of the head between their two large compound eyes.


Spotted during a day walk at Kebun Raya Cibodas, a 80ha area above 1.400 metres high, mix of botanical park with big trees & palms and surrounded by rainforest at the foot of Gene volcano, Java - Indonesia.


The Asilidae are a family in the order Diptera, the true flies. The name "robber flies" reflects their notoriously aggressive predatory habits, they may deliver intensely painful bites if handled incautiously; They feed mainly or exclusively on other insects and as a rule they wait in ambush and catch their prey in flight. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Diptera Suborder: Brachycera Infraorder: Asilomorpha Superfamily: Asiloidea Family: Asilidae

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Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Lat: -6.74, Long: 107.01

Spotted on Nov 11, 2017
Submitted on Nov 26, 2017

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