Robber Fly. First time I saw one, I thought – “what the hell is that?” Turns out they are little badasses. Here is what Dr. Wikipedia has to say:
The Asilidae are the robber fly family, also called assassin flies. They are powerfully built, bristly flies with a short, stout proboscis enclosing the sharp, sucking hypopharynx. The name “robber flies” reflects their notoriously aggressive predatory habits; they feed mainly or exclusively on other insects and as a rule they wait in ambush and catch their prey in flight.
In other words, a badass.
I was going through some prairie images for a potential client today and stumbled on this shot of our aforementioned badass at Clymer Meadow. They are usually found munching down their prey, but this one was laying eggs in this purple coneflower.
Robber fly on Purple coneflowers, Blackland Prairie at Clymer Meadow Preserve, Texas Nature Conservancy, Greenville, Texas, USA. Canon 1DX. 180mm macro. ISO 1000. 1/100 sec. at f/10. EV 1 1/3.