“Hanging thief” by rhoing

“Hanging thief”

This is a fly from the genus of “Hanging thieves” (Diogmites) in the family of Robber flies (family Asilidae). On sweet basil (which seems to attract a lot of insect activity as well as be the main ingredient in Clare's homemade pesto).

Explanation of names, from BugGuide, http://bugguide.net/node/view/4600 »
Diogmites comes “from Greek διωγμοσ ‘chase, pursuit’. The common name was suggested by Herschel Raney after Dogmites's habit of hanging by its forelegs while consuming prey.”

Confirmed at BugGuide as genus Diogmites (“Hanging thieves”); http://bugguide.net/node/view/1142586

1 year ago (“AMD Turion™ II Ultra”): http://365project.org/rhoing/365/2014-09-07
2 years ago (“Grace: second time out”): http://365project.org/rhoing/365/2013-09-07
3 years ago (“People…”): http://365project.org/rhoing/365/2012-09-07
4 years ago (“With a dash of desperation!”): http://365project.org/rhoing/365/2011-09-07

[ IMG_5114S12x8tm :: f/5.6 :: 1/160" :: ISO-400 :: 250mm ]
Great shot! Amazing green eyes.
September 21st, 2015  
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