Nature Photography

Curious Grassland Insects

Little guy.



Big guy.


Don’t be fooled. These critters get close to 5 centimetres long. They are extremely curious, and when spooked will immediately return to keep their two big eyes on you, and they don’t spook the second time. Whatever they are, they love to hang out in the grass, where the sun is hot enough to turn the earth to dust, and if there’s a human around, zoom, they’re there to check it out. It’s nice being checked out and being put in my place.

4 replies »

  1. Google “robber fly” or “assassin fly”; there are over 7,000 species worldwide (Wikipedia).
    The similarly named “assassin bug” is even more predatory (although from a different insect family).


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