Deviant milkshake brings all the robber flies to the yard

Sinharaja Rainforest

Fun Facts

The common name for members of the Asilidae family is the Robber fly. This Robber fly (or informally called the ‘assassin fly’ and jokingly the ‘IRS fly’) prefers to hunt mid-flight and has a beak enclosing a dagger-like shaft. When stabbing its victim in the head or thorax, it injects a toxin containing neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes. Victims then become paralyzed, their insides liquefy, and the Robber fly then causally proceeds to drink the resulting ‘milkshake’, leaving nothing but an empty vessel!

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Hardcore since birth, Robber fly larvae are also predacious, feeding on eggs, larvae, or other soft-bodied insects. Growing up, female Robber flies are known to be accidental cannibals if potential mates are smaller and get too close! Usually a case of mistaken identity (since a hungry Robber fly considers any insect smaller than itself to be a potential meal), the female's attack is so sudden that she  doesn’t even know she’s slurping on a Robber fly milkshake instead of beetle juice!


Tropical or subtropical and arid or semi-arid regions tend to have the greatest variety of species, followed by areas where rainfall is highly seasonal.




Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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