robber fly


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robber fly

n.
Any of numerous predatory flies of the family Asilidae, characteristically having long bristly legs.

robber fly

n
(Animals) any of the predatory dipterous flies constituting the family Asilidae, which have a strong bristly body with piercing mouthparts and which prey on other insects. Also called: bee killer or assassin fly

rob′ber fly`


n.
any of numerous, often large, dipterous insects of the family Asilidae that are predaceous on other insects.
[1870–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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 wingrobber 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
dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, two-winged insects - insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the posterior pair reduced to small knobbed structures and mouth parts adapted for sucking or lapping or piercing
Asilidae, family Asilidae - robber flies
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First Arkansas record of the robber fly Microstylum morosum (Diptera: Asilidae).
After stabbing the prey with its hypopharynx, the robber fly injects neurotoxic saliva that immobilizes the prey and also contains proteolytic enzymes that liquefy the prey's tissues, which are then sucked out through the proboscis (Kahan, 1964).
The robber fly then injects paralyzing saliva and proteolytic enzymes into its victim, and the liquefied contents of the prey are sucked out (Kahan, 1964).
"Our grasslands are vulnerable and the marsh fritillary butterfly is a flagship species that depends on them for its survival; it is under threat and can only be found in small areas of West Wales.We need to get the cattle back onto the fields so they can graze the grass, and then the hornet robber fly that lives on cow pats can thrive and feed on smaller flies."
Guillemette, Worcester, "Monarch on Clover"; Best of Season (two winners): Carol Morocco, Worcester, "Grasses: Troiano Brookside Trail" and Michael Walker, Cromwell, Conn., "Wood Lily"; Wildlife (two winners): Michael Walker, Cromwell, Conn., "Snapping Turtle" and Anka Ehrhardt, Worcester, "Robber Fly"; Sanctuary Waters (two winners): Stephen Gehlbach, Amherst, "Troiano Tree" and William Derr, Worcester, "Ice Rising from Broad Meadow Brook"; People in Nature: Lydia Yanis Simoneau, Boylston, "Family Life at Broad Meadow Brook."
While David prepared to capture the shot, a robber fly arrived and decided to join in.
Some articles that cover robber fly ovipositon include a superficial description of the eggs (Lavigne 1963a,b, 1964, 1979, 1984; Dennis and Lavigne 1975, 1976a,b,c, 1979; Lavigne and Dennis 1975, 1980, 1985; Dennis and others 1986; Lavigne and Bullington 1984).
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.
Others seem to be camp followers, such as a species of a robber fly that preys on the Melanophila beetles.
"Besides chipping and burning all affected trees, other possible controls - birds, parasitic wasps, other beetle larvae, and robber fly larvae - should also be studied," says Lingafelter.
With big eyes and an even bigger appetite, this robber fly (right) hunts for bees.