A Beastly Bug

Most consider bugs beastly, especially when they show up in human spaces and mess with our stuff.  This creature is over the top.  Maybe E.T.’s are what we call bugs.

I was standing on my patio when this insect dropped out of the air onto the arm of a chair.  It looked like some kind of grasshopper with prey.  I grabbed my cell phone and started snapping.  The bug was more interested in lunch than me, so I was able to get a few photos.  Once I blew up the picture, the true beast emerged.

I had no idea what this creature was, when it popped up on “pbm garden” blog from North Carolina.  She identified it as a Red-footed Cannibal Fly (Promachus rufipes) and I think the name fits it.


28 Comments on “A Beastly Bug”

  1. Anonymous says:

    A bug with a beard.

  2. I’d love to come across one of these giant robber flies. They are true beasts. Pretty nice shot with your phone.

  3. Right out of a sci-fi story.😁

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, a true hairy monster! Looks a bit like our Robber flies. Good pest controllers!

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Great pictures. I have seen several this week. Don’t remember noticing these before this year.

  6. shoreacres says:

    Good grief! Some of these insects could be the stuff of nightmares. On the other hand, once I started looking at some of the details, they are pretty cool.

  7. carol says:

    Those eyes! Those feet! WOW!

  8. Tina says:

    Great shots! And I love its name, so descriptive. Glad you had your phone at the ready.

  9. Ann Coleman says:

    Thank goodness insects are so small, because if we saw something that looked like that which was, say, the size of a beagle, we would be terrified! And rightly so.

  10. Love your images.. cellphone and bugs are amazing. Stay safe!!

    • These storms are crazy. I wish they would pick a path. We have started our hurricane prep. The worst that could happen to us is days without electric or a tree down. Galveston is evacuating.

      • They are crazy, it is watching the spaghetti that drives me crazy. 130 mph winds in your living room – or not…are you making ice? It has been windy since Sunday here, so I can tell it is a big storm from 400 miles away. Stay safe.

      • Yes, I have been freezing quart size yogurt containers and making ice in the freezer. We are looking at the gasoline generator that we never used. We got it after Ike. This time there are only two of us. Easier.

      • Hope it works, we had ours running this week, topped up gas and have a room air conditioner. I think they are doing better with power restoration these days. Send up a smoke signal you’re OK. Good luck.

      • The storm shifted and we are not expecting it to be so bad in my area far from the coast, but lines can always come down.

      • Looking pretty scary from here. Batten down.

  11. Weird creature, an alien. But great photos.

  12. Sheryl says:

    There sure are fascinating insects where you live. We mostly just have boring (and annoying) mosquitoes.

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