Promachus rufipes (Robber Fly)

This is "the beast of the east" in the Robber Fly world. If it flies and is part of the Class Insecta I believe it will attempt to capture and eat it. These are large Robber Flies with two toned legs black and orangish-yellow, the alternating black and yellow of the abdomen and the dark dorsal side of the thorax. These robbers can be fairly common by August and early September.



Both above photographs from Charles City County, Virginia
September 3, 2005


Mated pair- Fluvanna County, Virginia
August 3, 2008