Hanging Thieves

It was last year August 1st I posted a photo of my first Hanging Thief and August 2nd I finally got it doing what it does best, hanging!

Driving by slow, I’m talking 3-5 miles an hour is the only way you are able to notice anything near or beyond the road.

I noticed something out of the ordinary, a black spot, and behold it was a hanging thief with a bumblebee (RIP) in its grasp. A year later I was able to photograph and video how coordinated this insect is.

Hanging Thieves | August 3 | Alice Mary Herden
Hanging Thieves | August 3 | Alice Mary Herden

Once I got that boundary, of where I can stand and the hanging thief not flying off, which took about 15 minutes walking through high grass, sweat dripping in my eyes and flicking off ticks I finally was able to set everything up.

Good to have a solid tripod and a 400mm lens!


Link

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asilidae

 

 

Bee-mimic Robber Fly

Interesting character…Sometimes you just have to observe, just watch and observe even if it is just for a few minutes.

It’s one of those things when you are focusing on one thing, and you surprisingly see something else. This is one of the moments. I hardly ever get a chance to photograph this species because they are too quick and non-approachable. However, this one was just as curious of me as I was of it.

Bee Killer | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden
Bee Killer | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden

As I inched my way closer while watching him try to nab some lunch. He noticed me and decided to check me out. Came right up to me, circled me and when back to the leaf.

Bee Killer | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden
Bee Killer | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden

I was able to change my lens and put my macro on and as you can tell it wasn’t easy getting a shot.

Bee Killers are in the Robber Fly family and mimic the flight sound of bumblebees.


Updated.. Bee-mimic Robber Flies


Links:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/flies/bee_killers.htm

Hanging Thieves

Now this guy is in the Robber Fly family and what make it unique is they have a ability to hang by its forelegs while consuming their meal.

Hanging Thieves
Hanging Thieves | Robber Fly 

This is definitely one insect I would love to photograph in action. This photo was taken near a pond.

Habitat: Damp, Woodland (not confirmed)


Links:

https://bugguide.net/node/view/4600