• Bandelier Short-horned Lizard

    Bandelier

    National Monument New Mexico

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

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