Tag Archives: Asilidae

Heligmonevra insularis Engel

Seychelles Robber Fly (Heligmonevra insularis)

The Seychelles Robber Fly was described in 1927.

The species was endemic to the forested areas of the Seychelles Islands, where it actively hunted for other insects, especially for other fly species.

The species disappeared due to changes in its habitat due to large-scaled deforestation.



[1] Justin Gerlach: Red Listing reveals the true state of biodiversity: a comprehensive assessment of Seychelles biodiversity. Phesluma 20: 9-22. 2012


edited: 25.04.2022

Cophura hurdi Hull

Antioch Robber Fly (Cophura hurdi)

The Antioch Robber Fly was described in 1960, it is obviously known only from a single specimen that had been collected in 1939 in the Antioch Dunes in Conta Costa County, California, USA.

The species reached a size of about 0,7 cm and was pale brown. [1]



[1] Frank M. Hull: New species of Syrphidae and Asilidae (Diptera). The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 36(2): 69-74. 1960


edited: 21.01.2019