At first glance, these extremely capable (and seemingly always hungry) predators look like a medium-sized bumblebee. Their “bearded” face is one way to recognize these insects as robber flies. Adults often sit on a perch, waiting for a flying insect to pass by. As fast and agile hunters, robbers easily dash out to intercept their next meal in mid flight. This particular robber fly nabbed a click beetle.
Photo by Dan Poore on 5/29/20 in Helena, MT