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Never seen one before & never seen one since, the photos are not brill quality but I just wanted to show you a record of this very large fly.....Tongue

Robber-flies, also known as Assassin Flies, are rather unattractive, hairy flies that hunt other insects, especially flies and mosquitoes. They are excellent flyers. They have a rather short, pricky snout, which they use to attack their prey and suck them dry. They are not easy to identify, for their are many species that do look rather similar.
Latin name: Machimus cingulatus

Size: Wingspan approximately 40mm.

Distribution: Scattered populations throughout the UK.

Months seen: June to September.

Habitat: Grassland, woodland edges and coastal areas.

Food: Flying insects - especially flies and mosquitoes. The larvae feed on dead vegetation.

Special features: Robber flies, sometimes called Assassin flies, are predatory flies which chase other insects in mid-air.

They have stiff hairs on their faces to protect their eyes from struggling prey. Robber flies can also be distinguished from other flies by the deep groove between the eyes. The eyes never touch. Their wings fold flat over the body, and the legs are equipped with two pads at the end.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:150mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Jul 2013 - 4:18 PM
Focal Length:150mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:Robber / Assassin Fly
Username:Metro6R4 Metro6R4
Uploaded:25 Jul 2013 - 8:33 AM
Tags:Bug, Close up, Fly, Insect, Macro, Wildlife / nature, Wings
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33063 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2013 - 9:42 AM

Incredible detail

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2013 - 6:21 PM

Sounds a bit gruesome to suck his prey to death, hope he never comes my wayWink well caught picture with good info added


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Metro6R4
Metro6R4  3 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2013 - 10:48 PM

He is ok. Spending all his time in the garden.

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