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Fly? on a Thimbleberry leaf - Laphria asackeni - female

Fly? on a Thimbleberry leaf - Laphria asackeni - Female
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
July 18, 2010
Size: 1.5 inches?
It allowed us to get real close with the cameras. The Thimbleberry had a large gall on it, don't know if this is a wasp or fly though.

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Fly? on a Thimbleberry leaf - Laphria asackeni - female Robberfly on a Thimbleberry leaf - Laphria asackeni Robberfly on a Thimbleberry leaf - Laphria asackeni

Moved

Moved
Moved from Robber Flies.

Laphria asackeni -- a female.
Laphria asackeni -- a female. Very nice; new BugGuide fly!

Moved where the experts will see it faster; nice robber
Moved from ID Request.

This
is a robberfly! Family Asilidae! They're beautiful insects! Great picture!

 
Oh yes, very beautiful, and I
Oh yes, very beautiful, and I was worried a biter as if nicked my left ear as it flew off.

Thanks! I've a few more good photo's of other critters I'll submit over the next week.

 
Well,
they are predatory, but usually don't attack large things. Some will take down humming birds, wasps, and many other large insects!

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