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:

This web site shows a number of robber fly pictures which helped determine the species of this insect:

Unfortunately, the watermelon crop is one of the worst I have seen in many growing seasons.