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Insect IMG_2382.jpg - Promachus rufipes - female

Insect IMG_2382.jpg - Promachus rufipes - Female
Patapsco Sate Park, Howard County, Maryland County, Maryland, USA
August 17, 2013
Size: less than 1 inch
The insect is holding or eating another insect. It landed on the picnic table next to us at 1:37 pm and stayed for about 1/2 hour. It did not appear to move during the time it was on the table. It did not appear to rotate its prey. It was not afraid of us. I was able to get within a foot of it to focus the camera. The picnic table was on a weedy lawn adjacent, about 10 feet, to the woods. The nail/bolt on the table indicates approximate size.

Moved from Robber Flies.

Could be Dolichovespula maculata.

Moved for expert attention.
Moved from ID Request.

Robber fly
This is a robber fly – Family Asilidae. Nice photo! I'm sure an expert will be able to give you a precise identification.

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Robber fly
Now that you've got me that far, I think I've ID'd it as Asilidae Promachus rufipes? the Red-footed Cannibalfly?

Looks good.

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