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Cerdistus sp. robber fly These skillful and efficient aerial hunters, also known as assassin flies, are a favourite to find and watch.<br />
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Medium to large size,  they are active predators of flying insects and will also take web weaving spiders as a meal. Their mouth parts consist of a triangular proboscis  which is inserted into prey and dissolved body juices are then sucked up.<br />
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Genus Cerdistus, 3cm length.<br />
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NB. image hs been turned for more detail. Fly was head upward on a wall. <br />
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Cerdistus sp. robber fly

These skillful and efficient aerial hunters, also known as assassin flies, are a favourite to find and watch.

Medium to large size, they are active predators of flying insects and will also take web weaving spiders as a meal. Their mouth parts consist of a triangular proboscis which is inserted into prey and dissolved body juices are then sucked up.

Genus Cerdistus, 3cm length.

NB. image hs been turned for more detail. Fly was head upward on a wall.

    comments (8)

  1. To me robber flies are the pinnacle of design in the order of Diptera. Real hunting maschineschrieb,on wings. Posted 2 months ago
    1. I agree and they remind me of 'Steampunk' at times. Posted 2 months ago
  2. Beautiful clarity Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thank you Niel. This one was most accommodating, resting a long while in that one spot. Posted 2 months ago
  3. Amazing capture Ruth! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Glad you enjoyed, thanks Wesley. Posted 2 months ago
  4. Very nice macro shot, love the straight side view and the background ;-) Posted 2 months ago
    1. Glad you enjoyed and thank you very much. Posted 2 months ago

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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Aug 16, 2021. Captured Nov 29, 2017 10:58 in 49 Rowan Cres, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/10.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO200
  • 100mm