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    National Monument New Mexico

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  • Access by Shuttle Bus Only

    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?

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Most rattlesnakes bites are "dry" bites in which little or no venom is produced. That doesn't mean you want to get bit. Keep your distance if you encounter a rattlesnake while hiking.