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What the puppy found in the garden

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on September 8, 2011

Sounds like a game of clue, doesn’t it? Well, the puppy fixated on something and I went to investigate. What I saw was rather alarming and I put the puppy up so I could take pictures. Turns out this wicked looking thing is a robber fly. It flies through the air snatching up bugs and eating them. What it was doing on the ground is a mystery. It must have been sick or old and dying. In any case, he is preserved in alcohol right now. Really a creepy looking bug.

Robber fly

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Hydroponic Supplies September 9, 2011 at 11:45 am

My goodness that’s a scary looking bug! Very cool, but if I saw it in person I’d probably run for the hills! =) Thanks for sharing though, I love that stuff. . . I just love it from a distance, that’s all.

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Leah from Walking Tours Rome September 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Ick – I’ve never heard of these before. How big was it? Looks gigantic in the photos!!

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Stephanie Suesan Smith September 16, 2011 at 7:00 am

The body is about three inches long and the spike is about a half inch. Gigantic indeed and very evil looking.

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Kayla from Online Furniture Stores September 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Glad the bug didn’t get ahold of your puppy – even though it’s not THAT big, it doesn’t look like a bite from it would feel wonderful!

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