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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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Caption: The harmless robberfly looks remarkably like a bumblebee, making birds think twice about pursuing it.
Local surveys of insects on this area, now known as Terre Noire Natural Area and presently encompassing 200 ha, have produced extralimital records of otherwise western prairie insects, including a white, long-horned bee (Tetraloniella albata) and the giant prairie robberfly (Microstylum morosum; Warriner, 2004; Tumlison and Benjamin, 2011).
2001 Attack from Above--The Story of the Robberfly. Malaysian Naturalist 54(3):38-9.