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Mexican Robber Fly

Archilestris magnificus


I saw this huge kind of robber fly, Hanging Thief, landing on a rock 3 meters away. It was realy big with very long legs, 3 or 4 cm tall with a body 4 or 5 cm long. It looked scary. I took some photos at that distance but it flew towards me with a buzz, it passed behind me and stopped in a shrub. I managed to take a couple more photos.


Near a river in a subtropical forest.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Mexican Robber Fly
Archilestris magnificus

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LuisStevens 8 years ago

Thank you very much DarkSergeAbel for the ID of this amazing Mexican Robber Fly.

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Thank you Diane and Lauren.

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Thanks Juan DiTrani for the ID suggestion. I found it looks like a Hanging Thief.

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

It's a wannabe Pompilid!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 8 years ago

This is a Robber fly (Asilidae)

DianePlatcoBrooks 8 years ago

Spooky, but I like it !

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San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Spotted on Oct 19, 2013
Submitted on Nov 20, 2013

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