Robber Fly

We have quite a few robber flies in Tenerife. This is the first one I have caught in the act of paralyzing his victim . They inject them with saliva that contains nerve toxins and digestive enzymes, then suck out their insides.

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Nature Diary – Flown the nest

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About 2 weeks ago I posted “New Life”, (mud-dauber nest built on my balcony), well the young have now hatched and flown off, and I never even got to see them.
From what I have read the eggs usually spend the winter in the nest and hatch in the spring, but maybe it is different in Tenerife, because of the temperate climate.