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Photo#124596
Robber fly with prey - Stenopogon inquinatus

Robber fly with prey - Stenopogon inquinatus
Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
July 5, 2007
Size: ~ 40 mm

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Robber fly with prey - Stenopogon inquinatus Robber fly with prey - Stenopogon inquinatus

Truly a bad luck swallowtail!
Looks like a series of bird bites on the right wing, unless some kind of plant material is in the way. Amazing how a fly that small can bring down an insect so large.

 
It was very quick
I saw the Swallowtail on some Woolly Thistle. It flew off right away and a few seconds later I heard something fall on the ground behind me and this is what I saw. The wind was so bad that the Robber Fly had to stretch to keep the wings of the Swallowtail down as seen in the first picture.

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