Ommatius genus


Common Names: Ommatius genus, robber flies
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Flies

This is a catch all for unidentified robber flies in the Ommatius genus. Also called assassin flies, they are powerfully built, bristly flies with a short, stout proboscis enclosing the sharp, sucking hypopharynx. The name "robber flies" reflects their notoriously aggressive predatory habits; they feed mainly or exclusively on other insects and as a rule they wait in ambush and catch their prey in flight.

Edible Notes: Generally not regarded as edible.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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