Fear not the flat-footed Robber (Four Photographs)
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These flies are members of the robber fly family, Asildae. I was able to shoot them for the first time this summer. Unlike many other types of flies I have photographed, they remained completely still even when I moved my vantage point and took more photographs. Robber flies are also known as assassin flies, they are ferocious fighters, and eat insects and spiders. I have read that if they attack a person it can be a painful experience. The burly hunchback and flat feet do take away some of their steely manner (regardless of dramatic lighting). Given that they are not the most colorful of insects they looked better in black and white, but for the entomologically inclined I included the color shots.