Sunday, September 4, 2011
Robber Fly in Kentucky
While tending to the watermelon plants in Hodgenville, Kentucky, I came across a robber fly (maybe Atomosia puella). It had taken a grasshopper that was larger than itself and was having trouble flying. I was able to take these pictures.
One can see more information about these at the University of Kentucky Entomology web site: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/flies/robber/robber.htm
This web site shows a number of robber fly pictures which helped determine the species of this insect: http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/robber_flies_asilidae
Unfortunately, the watermelon crop is one of the worst I have seen in many growing seasons.