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Species Promachus rufipes - Red-footed Cannibalfly

Red-footed Cannibalfly - Promachus rufipes Red-footed Cannibalfly - Promachus rufipes - male - female Red-footed Cannibalfly - Promachus rufipes - female Robberfly? - Promachus rufipes Robber Fly Cannibalism! - Promachus rufipes - female huge robber fly - Promachus rufipes Red-footed cannibalfly - Promachus rufipes - male Flying Insect - Promachus rufipes
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family Asilidae (Robber Flies)
Subfamily Asilinae
Genus Promachus (Giant Robber Flies)
Species rufipes (Red-footed Cannibalfly)
Other Common Names
Bee Panther (Bromley 1950)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Promachus rufipes (Fabricius, 1775)
Size
28-35 mm (Hine 1911)
Range
Includes southeastern United States. Seems to be common east of Appalachians, whereas P. hinei is more common to west. Some records from southeastern Ohio, southern New York (Bromley, see Internet references).
Habitat
meadows, fields
Season
Jul-Oct in NC(1), late Jul -- early Sep in GA(2)
Food
Preys on large flying insects. Has been reported to attack Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (see here)
Print References
Bromley S.W. (1950) Ohio Robber Flies V. Ohio Jour. Sci. 50(5): 229-234
Works Cited
1.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
2.Giff Beaton's Robber Flies (Asilidae) of Georgia and the Southeast