Sunday, July 19, 2009
In the Spotlight
This long-legged fly is a Robber Fly in the genus Diogmites, they are sometimes referred to as Hanging Thieves. There are over 26 species in North America and I would be hard pressed to ID this one to species. They are very common throughout their range, and I see them quite frequently. Generally speaking they do not allow me to get close, fleeing when I am anywhere within camera range. This one was decidedly cooperative. The way the sun was filtering through the leaves makes him look as if he were in the spotlight for his big debut. These are hugely beneficial insects, with their hungry appetite and aerial abilities they make for great hunters. Often feeding on flies and small wasps. Some have been known to turn cannibalistic and feed on their own kind.