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The Asilidae are a family in the order Diptera, the true flies. The common name for members of the family is the robber flies.All robber flies have stout, spiny legs and 3 simple eyes (ocelli) in a characteristic depression between their two large compound eyes. They also have a usually dense moustache of stiff bristles on the face; this is called the mystax, a term derived from the Greek mystakos meaning "moustache" or "upper lip". The mystax probably affords some protection for the head and face when the flies deal with struggling prey; various Asilidae prey on formidable species including stinging Hymenoptera, powerful grasshoppers, dragonflies and even other Asilidae, in fact practically anything of a suitable size

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  • Copyright: AJ Ramlan (melan_de03) (17)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-05-02
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-01-15 18:53
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