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    Through October 27, 2014 all access to the most visited part of the park, Frijoles Canyon, will be via a mandatory shuttle bus from the nearby community of White Rock from 9 AM - 3 PM daily. Private cars may drive in before 9 AM or after 3 PM. More »

Robber Flies

Robber Fly

Robber flies are predaceous, lying in wait for their victims.

Photo by Sally King

Robber flies are common in the park. There are a number of species that vary greatly in color and appearance. All robber flies are predaceous, lying in wait for victims.
 
Robber Fly

Some Robber Flies camouflage themselves by looking very much like a bee.

Photo by Sally King

Robber flies are capable of capturing and consuming insects much larger than themselves. Even in their larval form they often are predaceous on other insects.
 
Robber Fly
CAUTION.  Don't handle Robber Flies.  They can deliver a very painful sting.
Photo by Sally King

Did You Know?

Queen butterfly

Queen butterflies are often mistaken for Monarchs because they look so much alike. This is beneficial to the Queen, who is avoided by predators who fear this look-alike may be as toxic as the Monarch.