Photos © Craig Armstrong
Craig Armstrong was gazing at an Aloe plant on his porch in Chapel Hill NC on 29 July 2003 when he spied an small insect's nightmare--a Robberfly, Ommatius sp., with its mouthpart piercing the head of an ant. Robberflies--like most other Dipterans (the Fly Order)--have large compound eyes, short antennae, and just two wings. Some are scavengers, but it's apparent the Robberfly is well adpated for life as a predator.

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