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Robberfly with prey

Family - Asilidae


large fly, iridescent purple wings with a bee in its mouth.




I spotted this at Baobeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary. I thought it might be a parasitic wasp but I'm not sure.

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Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Thanks Ismael!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 12 years ago

Wow! fantastic spotting Dan

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Thanks Juan for the ID and thanks everyone for the comments. This has been a mystery to me for so long. I'm glad to see it get an ID.

KarenL 12 years ago

Great shot!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 12 years ago

yes, it's a nice picture

textless 12 years ago

...awesome photo though!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 12 years ago

This is not a wasp, is an Robber fly (Asilidae) and is not parasitic, is predating on a bee

Dan Doucette
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Dan Doucette


Spotted on Dec 22, 2003
Submitted on Apr 22, 2011

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