macro fly


Robber Fly (Asilidae) and Owlfly (Ascalaphidae, Neuroptera) Prey

This robber fly plucked its owlfly victim (probably spooked by my passing) out of the air in front of me and they tumbled to ground together where the fly tightly hugs its prey until its toxic saliva takes effect.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu'er, Yunnan, China

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9/7/16                                    Spilomyia longicornis

Another First!

Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (“Aschiza”)
Family Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Subfamily Eristalinae
Tribe Milesiini
Subtribe Milesiina
Genus Spilomyia
Species longicornis (Spilomyia longicornis)

Explanation of Names
Spilomyia longicornis Loew 1872
11-15 mm
mimics Polistes or perhaps Yellowjacket. Yellow-striped abdomen. Eyes have pigment which enhances the wasp-like appearance.
e. NA (QC-ON-MN to FL-TX)(1)
in NA, Sep-Nov at low elevations, Jun-Oct in mountains(2)