pesky bug

Asked October 5, 2020, 8:50 PM EDT

Can you tell me if this flying thing is dangerous or not? It has been flying around my patio and I've never seen anything like it. Thank you!

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Hi,

Thank you for your question. Yes, it is an interesting looking insect! This is a robber fly, a beneficial insect as it preys on other insects. It will attach beneficial insects as well as insects that cause problems to plants and people.

Here is some additional information from Bug of the Week on robber flies. http://bugoftheweek.com/blog/2018/8/20/robber-flies-steal-lives3-red-footed-cannibal-fly-ipromachus-...

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