|Common Awl Robberfly (Neoitamus cyanurus)|
But anyway, today's post I saw at Kelling Heath in Norfolk when I was there a while on holiday. I always think that whenever you are out and about you should keep your eyes open, just like the Wood Wasp I found this when I was doing something other than nature hunting, I was on a trim trail - a little assault course in some wood. Look around for nature wherever you are. It certainly paid off for me as I found this lovely Robberfly!
So, here are the facts:
- Specifically this particular Robberfly is called the Common Awl Robberfly or the Neoitamus cyanurus.
|It was sat on part of the trim trail|
- They are found all over the world in the following countries: Asia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Austria, East-Europe, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic/Slovakia, Turkey, Hungary. Yup. :-)
- Now for UK. Well, they're quite rare apparently, they're found mostly in the South of England getting rarer Northerly.
- They are quite small. Being only 12 - 17mm long in size. I think that's length not wingspan though...
- They are found most often in June and July but they have been seen also between May and October.
- They are found mostly in Woodlands. Commonest along the edges. That seems to be correct as that part of Kelling Heath is mostly woodlands.
|Bit of a blurry bugs eye view - it flew off after this shot|
- They are like most flies and are yellow and black. If you see them then you'd think they're completely black with a yellow line on them.
- Now I said they are a bit roguish, well I was helped to ID this by Dr. Roger Key and he told me a bit about their behaviour.
- It is a voracious predator which sits on a flower waiting to mug approaching flower visiting insects.
- The only other thing I know about this one is that it's a female - thanks for that Roger.
They were quite hard to find facts on. Maybe you could find some as well:
Hope you enjoyed,