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Old 8th August 2018, 08:42   #1 (permalink)
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Assassin Fly aka Robber Fly

Impressive resource: https://www.royensoc.co.uk/identifying-insects

The Royal Entomological Society web site will identify insects for you, even in Turkey. I sent a picture of a very interesting insect that seems to demolish hornets in my area. Each year it appears soon after the hornets and wipes them out. It perches on my balcony and attacks insect in flight - very quick.

I sent a picture and description to the above site, and got a reply within 24 hours from Professor Jim Hardie telling me the likely identity: The Assassin Fly or Robber Fly (family Asilidae).

Professor Jim Hardie and the Assassin Fly are now both my friends.

https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/...bber_flies.htm

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It seems that they eat bees. That could be a problem
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Anything that eats hornets gets a pass from me on bees.

Few weeks ago, one lost control of a kill (a bee as it happens) and tumbled onto the balcony still gripping its meal. Brief struggle, rolling around in front of me, and they separated - Assassin resting on the wall and the bee was dead.

Apparently it injects a poison which liquefies the inside of the target - it then sucks it out.

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Re: Assassin Fly aka Robber Fly

When the ecology is in harmony everthing is perfect. However once that balance is disturbed things start to go wrong. Sadly mans intervention is the biggest danger to that balance, hense extinction of species, adverse weather activities and unbearable heat in Bodrum!
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Twas unbearable when we lived there up to 2005, so we moved
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I can't move, I'm too hot!
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Anything that eats hornets gets a pass from me on bees.

Few weeks ago, one lost control of a kill (a bee as it happens) and tumbled onto the balcony still gripping its meal. Brief struggle, rolling around in front of me, and they separated - Assassin resting on the wall and the bee was dead.

Apparently it injects a poison which liquefies the inside of the target - it then sucks it out.

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A Tory assassin in other words. Lol


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