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Scavengers and Predators
These are a couple of old pictures - taken in France a few years ago. The top one is a scorpion fly. They aren’t the best at flying, but they specialise in stealing dead insects from spider webs (and looking mean!). This one actually turned up while I was simply trying to take a photo of the poor ant in the web. I must say that it was quite a surprise to have it suddenly turn up in the camera’s display - all zoomed-in!
The bottom photo is a robber fly. These little predators take out their prey (often much larger than themselves) in mid-air. I saw this one swoop in on the butterfly and bear it to the ground with incredible speed and accuracy. It then obligingy sat there while I snapped away…
Nature is sometimes gruesome, but always interesting.