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Species Stichopogon trifasciatus - Three-banded Robber Fly

Three-banded Robber Fly - Stichopogon trifasciatus Stichopogon trifasciatus - male small robber fly - Stichopogon trifasciatus Robber fly 4 - Stichopogon trifasciatus - female FlyRobberTBID09042014 - Stichopogon trifasciatus Stichopogon trifasciatus Stichopogon trifasciatus - female Fly on Beach - Stichopogon trifasciatus
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 Stichopogoninae
Genus Stichopogon
Species trifasciatus (Three-banded Robber Fly)
Explanation of Names
Stichopogon trifasciatus (Say 1823)
trifasciatus = 'three-banded' (refers to the color on the abdomen)
~10-15 mm
body slender and relatively hairless; thorax and legs light bluish-gray; abdomen with 3 bands of alternating light and dark color (a distinguishing feature among congeners)
so. Canada (transcontinental) to Venezuela(1)
usually bare, sandy or gravely areas near water(2)
mostly spiders(2), plus flies and other insects