Robber flies (also known as assassin flies) are one the coolest insect predators in nature. Bristling with long stiff hairs, these vicious specialists typically hunt a particular kind of prey, based on their species, such as ants, bees, dragonflies, beetles, grasshoppers, wasps or spiders. The stiff hairs on the face act as a protective shield to help protect their eyes against their struggling and potentially harmful meal as it forces its sharp proboscis through the exoskeleton of its victim. This unidentified species was photographed near the El Malpais National Monument in Cibola County, New Mexico.
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