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Noun1.Asilidae - robber fliesAsilidae - robber flies        
arthropod family - any of the arthropods
Diptera, order Diptera - a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouths; includes true flies and mosquitoes and gnats and crane flies
bee killer, robber fly - swift predatory fly having a strong body like a bee with the proboscis hardened for sucking juices of other insects captured on the wing
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Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) represent a large family of predatory insects with roughly 1,000 North American species and over 7,000 species worldwide (Borror et al., 1989; Ghahari et al., 2007).
Ethology of Cerotainia albipilosa Curran (Diptera: Asilidae) in Maryland: predatory behavior.
Testing species richness estimation methods using museum label data on the Danish Asilidae. Biodiversity and Conservation 12:687-701.
Although an extensive survey of morphological structures of insect eggs has been conducted (Hinton 1981; Margaritis 1985), little information concerning the surface structure of eggs of Asilidae is present.
Most of the North American robber fly species from the family Asilidae (experts estimate more than 1,000 different species) have a long wasplike abdomen.
The following 17 Dipteran families were recorded for both sites: Tabanidae, Stratiomyidae, Asilidae, Culicidae, Mycetophilidae, Tachinidae, Muscidae, Tipulidae, Anthomyiidae, Bombyliidae, Tanypezidae, Syrphidae, Sciaridae, Pipunculidae, Chironomidae, Dolichopodidae, and Conopidae.
Revision of the New World species of Ommatius Wiedemann (Diptera: Asilidae): the neotropical costatus species group.
The robber flies (Diptera Asilidae) of the Albany Pinebush.
Impact of predation by the robber fly Proctacanthus milbertii (Diptera: Asilidae) on grasshopper (Orthoptera: Acrididae) populations.