Asilidae Checklist: Robber Flies

4 November 2018

Robber flies belong to the family Asilidae. They are powerfully built, bristly flies with a short and stout proboscis. Robber flies are aggressive predators and are able to capture their prey in flight.

All photos are of live subjects shot in the field, with the lateral view selected where available. Click on individual photos for larger views and views from other angles. As specimens were not collected, identifications were done purely based on photographs and may not be 100% accurate.

This page will be updated regularly, please let me know if you spot any mistakes.

View my complete Flickr photo set: Asilidae – Robberflies.

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Family: Asilidae Latreille, 1802

Subfamily: Laphriinae Macquart, 1838

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_8866

Singapore: Laphriinae DSC_8866

Robberfly (Laphriinae) - DSC_5958

Indonesia: Laphriinae DSC_5958

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_2959

East Malaysia: Laphriinae DSC_2959

Robberfly? (Asilidae) - DSC_1815

East Malaysia: Laphriinae DSC_1815

Robberflies (Asilidae) - DSC_9495

East Malaysia: Laphriinae DSC_9495

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_0259

Singapore: Laphriinae DSC_0259

Subfamily: Leptogastrinae Schiner 1862

Robberfly (Leptogastinae) capturing a Golden Orb Weaver (Nephilidae) - DSC_1515

Singapore: Leptogastinae DSC_1515

Robberfly (Leptogastrinae) - DSC_0938

Singapore: Leptogastrinae DSC_0938

Robberfly (Leptogastrinae) - DSC_5850

West Malaysia: Leptogastrinae DSC_5850


Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_1964

Singapore: Unidentified DSC_1964

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_0945

Singapore: Unidentified DSC_0945

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_5533

Singapore: Unidentified DSC_5533

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_7220

Singapore: Unidentified DSC_7220

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_0544

Singapore: Unidentified DSC_0544

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_2915

East Malaysia: Unidentified DSC_2915

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_4502

West Malaysia: Unidentified DSC_4502

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_2938

East Malaysia: Unidentified DSC_2938

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_9555

Singapore: Unidentified DSC_9555

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_1363

Singapore: Unidentified DSC_1363

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_3905

East Malaysia: Unidentified DSC_3905

Robberfly (Asilidae) with captured Long-legged fly (Dolichopodidae) - DSC_5300

Cambodia: Unidentified DSC_5300

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_3381

Singapore: Unidentified DSC_3381

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_2183

Singapore: Unidentified DSC_2183

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_3933

Singapore: Unidentified DSC_3933

Robberfly (Asilidae) preying on Long-legged fly (Dolichopodidae) - DSC_5978

West Malaysia: Unidentified DSC_5978

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_9104

Singapore: Unidentified DSC_9104

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_2995

East Malaysia: Unidentified DSC_2995

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_5193

Cambodia: Unidentified DSC_5193

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_3738

Singapore: Unidentified DSC_3738




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