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Robber Fly and Prey

A red-legged robber fly, Dioctria rufipes (family Asilidae, order Diptera) feeding on a small hemipteran bug.  When I got too close with my camera, it flew off to another leaf, carrying the bug with it.  Initially, I was surprised that a small fly could bear such a burden through the air, but then I realised that these flies have to be able to carry their prey at least a short distance because they catch them on the wing.  However, it only flew a short distance each time I disturbed it, and I was able to get close to it again and again, and take more photos.

Photo taken in Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-06-14.

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