Genus Efferia (Robber Flies) - ♂
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Family Asilidae (Robber Flies)
No Taxon Nerax group
Efferia Coquillett 1893
from Latin efferus 'wild, savage'
"In the blink of an eye the prey is trapped by six powerful, hairy robber fly legs. Without bothering to land, the robber fly thrusts a solid proboscis into its prey, which may well be an insect larger than itself -- in warmer areas, it may even be a hummingbird. The robber fly injects its victim with a cocktail of spit, poison, and digestive fluids instantly transforming the innards of the trapped creature into a kind of insect smoothie served up in a handy beaker. A couple of swift slurps -- generally at top speed -- and the robber fly casts aside the empty shell. Not for nothing are these roughnecks also known as "assassin flies."" Anne Sverdrup-Thygesen, "Buzz Sting Bite." 2018.
What's not to love about robber flies!
Canon MP-E 65mm; full-frame DSLR; Helicon Focus 7; 1X magnification.
August 16, 2019; Leon County; Woodville, Florida
Long-leaf Pine forest. Public lands.