12. August 2018 · Comments Off on The Buzz on Robber Flies · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

While they are widely considered to be unpleasant predators, I’ve gotten along with various Asilidae by noticing them and imitating them. They appear to appreciate the recognition, and will often interrupt their ongoing affairs out of curiosity. When they fly they make a variable buzz that sounds like someone speaking over a badly tuned radio, unintelligible but just barely so. I see and hear them as a little random voice of the desert flying around. Some message needs to get out, but what is it?

They often appear when my internal dialogue needs to be quietened, their unfocused buzz a mild mockery of my unfocused thoughts.

When I imitate their buzz they will often alight somewhere nearby and co-operate with being photographed, especially if I keep buzzing. Like roadrunners, they like to display their kill. Sadly, the auto-focus on my antiquated camera lost a shot of a Robber Fly with its face covered in red gore, partway through eating something. It went out of its way to land in front of me with its prey, and sadly I can’t share that moment. This one will have to do for now.

Robber Fly displaying it’s lunch. Landed with it in front of me when I buzzed at it, then lifted it up as I pointed the camera.

robber-fly-with-lunch Robber Fly With Lunch
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Robberfly with flimsy bumblebee garb…

Robberfly Disguised as Bumblebee
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04. July 2013 · Comments Off on Modernist Denizen · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

Not sure who designed this bug, but I’d hazard a guess that the same person styled the Triumph Speed Triple

Robber Fly

The mavens at What’s That Bug? identified it for me, it is a Robber Fly. More here.