Red Footed Cannibal Fly (Promachus rufipes)

A member of the Robber Fly (Asilidea) family, these flying terrors are also known as Assassin flies. Similar to dragonflies, Cannibal flies are voracious hunters who in ambush their prey in mid-air. After capturing the bees, ants, grasshoppers, dragonflies, and other insects they feed on, Cannibal flies inject neurotoxins and proteolytic enzymes using their proboscis. The fly will then find a quiet spot to rest as it sucks out the liquified internal organs of it victim. Ferocious and amazing. Promachus rufipes_RedFootedCannibalFly_201607