Saturday, October 16, 2021

What green eyes you have, Robber Fly!

 
I saw something fly in to the grasses next to the trail and stopped to take pics.


It appears to be a Green-Eyed Robber Fly also know as a bee killer. More info HERE


And it definitely has some type of wasp as it's prey.


Do you see how it is hanging onto the blade of grass above it?


Astonishing!


It was very small but the orange color and green eyes really stood out!


And do you see the large grasshopper in the grasses ahead?


American Grasshopper


He really blends in to this tree too.


And this caterpillar stands out on the trail.


Don't step on him, Honey! 

The Warblers are back on the Florida Trails.


Flocks of Pine Warblers and Palm Warblers were darting back and forth and even landing on the trail in front of us.


And isn't this a neat photo of a Red Shouldered Hawk that hubby took! 


Thanks hubby! Sharp eyes!


Showy Rattlebox

It's been perfect weather for hiking and birding this week! Are you getting outside some too?

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’. 


42 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane

Great collection of photos from your hike. I am not sure if I would have found the grasshopper. The fly and wasp series are amazing. I love the Warbler and the Hawk, great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend!

Hootin' Anni said...

Excellent series Diane!! I'm here today from Eileen's Saturday critters since I actually have deer on my blog today and linked up. I particularly was fascinated by the green eyed robber today & the stunning hawk photos!!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Huge grasshopper! I was looking for a much smaller one. Neat photos, the green eye bug gives new meaning to the word monster. Happy hiking!

Beside a babbling brook... said...

I love green eyes, but not on this creepy thing!!!

Super hawk shot!

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Valerie-Jael said...

Fabulous photos! Have a great weekend! Valerie

Tom said...

...the Green-Eyed Robber Fly is new for me.

Lea said...

Great sighting of the Robber Fly!
Many thanks to your husband for the Hawk photos - really awesome!
Have a wonderful weekend!

MadSnapper said...

wow, those eyes could be from out of space. maybe it came back with the rocket ship this week. love the yellow worm thingy and the hawk is beautiful,

Breathtaking said...

Hello Diane,:=) I just love your post today because it includes the fabulous Green eyed monster the Robber Fly. I have never seen one with green eyes before. The ones I see in Portugal are black, and have a mustache. The large Grasshopper is similar to the large Egyptian Grasshopper I sometimes see here. The caterpillar looks like a yellow bloom that has just fallen from the stem. They are all wonderful creatures, and the Red Shouldered Hawk is a fabulous capture by your hubby. The yellow coloured Warbler, and yellow flowers are lovely.

Vee said...

The robber fly is pretty creepy. That horrible green eye! Your husband's photo of the hawk is wonderful...great perspective,

Shiju Sugunan said...

What lovely sightings! I especially like the caterpillar, Palm Warbler and the hawk.

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Rostrose said...

Dear Diane,
these are really spectacular photos of the Green-Eyed Robber Fly and its prey! And why do I suddenly have to think of the Coldplay song Green Eyes? ;-)
Your other nature shots are also great. The grasshopper is huge and very nicely drawn. The caterpillar looks like a yellow plastic kitchen brush :-DD And both the Warbler and the Red Shouldered Hawk behaved very photographer-friendly! So nice!
Hugs and hayppy weekend,
Traude
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Olde Dame Holly said...

Oh wow! Those were some shocking and amazing photos y'all got on your walk! That robberfly is scary! Wrestling with a WASP while hanging onto a piece of grass. Talk about a green-eyed monster! Yikes! And the hawk - they just LOOK as fierce as they are!

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! Best photo is the Hawk ~ awesome ~ all wonderful nature's critter shots too! ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ Xo

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RedPat said...

That Robber Fly is rather scary looking!

Bob Bushell said...

Excellent series of the Green-Eyed Robber Fly, so close. And the Red Shouldered Hawk, beautiful.

Ann said...

Nature is absolutely fascinating as you've shown here.

Lorrie said...

The engineering of the robber fly is amazing. And what great shots you took of him. Beautiful warblers, too.

bill said...

the Green-Eyed Robber Fly is pretty impressive. I never heard of him and saw one before. Nice find and great photos, you captured some beauties. I love your new header too. Enjoy your hiking!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Oh, you got some great photos of that Robber Fly! Amazing how they maneuver with their hands and feet and mouth, etc., to get their prey...very interesting. God created all things perfectly. Love the grasshoppers too! Great photos.. and that HAWK! Amazing photo! And the warblers...good shot. They are usually so fast and hard to see. Good eyes!! Thank you for sharing with us. Perfect weather for it!! God is good.

Terri D said...

Lovely photos of all things bright and beautiful! Some great hiking weather ahead!! xo

happyone said...

Amazing photo of the robber fly hanging onto the blade of grass. Fantastic photography!!

Cloudia said...

Oh these are marvelous, especially robber fly drama! Hey, I never saw the red shoulders on the hawk before! That's fabulous

Lowcarb team member said...

So pleased you have enjoyed perfect weather for hiking and birding this past week, your photographs are lovely, a very nice collection.

Happy weekend wishes.

All the best Jan

My Tata's Cottage said...

My goodness your photos are lovely. I wanted to stop by and say hello. Hope allif well with you. we are great but very busy aroudn the house getting ready for winter. Always something to do. Have a wonderful SONday HUGS and LOVE

Kathy said...

Although the insects are interesting, I'd rather see the birds. I have never been a great fan of insects even when I worked in the Entomology Department at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. I really liked the red shouldered hawk though.

BeachGypsy said...

Hi there Diane, lots of neat and interesting things on today's post! Love that picture of the HAWK, wow, what a great shot! Those yellow flowers are so so pretty! You see so many pretty wildflowers there, like DOZENS of different kinds! I love seeing them as they are very different from what we see here. Hope you get out for a nice long wonderful hike tomorrow and that the weather is NICE AND COOL!! Have fun! take pictures for us okay please.

Linda said...

Interesting close-ups. Thanks for sharing your visit.

italiafinlandia said...

Hello, the Robber Fly is amazing and scary. Love the hawk instead! Wonderful shots.
Happy Sunday!

Irma said...

Excellent series of photos of the Green-Eyed Robber Fly.
The technique of the predatory fly is astonishing.
I've never seen this before.
Greetings Irma

David M. Gascoigne, said...

You did really well to capture the robber fly and its prey. Great sequence.

Anni said...

As I mentioned yesterday when I visited ...love the hawk images!

Thanks for linking up with us this week!

Janey and Co. said...

Oh wow! I want to go hiking with you! Amazing the number of things we must miss when we nonchalantly walk down a trail! I would like to have one of those green eyed monsters in my yard….Way too many wasps around here . He would be at like at all you can eat buffet.

Phil Slade said...

Great pics today Diane. From hubby too. And who said that creepy crawlies are scary? I'd love to see a Robber Fly and one of those huge grasshoppers.It's raining here, all day so I'm stuck indoors for now.

Edna B said...

That's a huge grasshopper! I don't think I've ever seen a yellow caterpillar. How interesting. The Rattlebox are beautiful. Enjoy your hiking and have a super day, hugs, Edna B.

Yvonne said...

That's a really nice set of photos on the robber fly. I've never seen the green eyed one, but I have taken photos of two other types. Showy rattlebox is a pretty wildflower.

Nancy Chan said...

Orange colour robber fly with green eyes. Looks like an alien fly, never seen one like this before. An amazing creation. I think this big grasshopper is as big as the one in my garden but of a different colour. Wow! Great shot of the beautiful hawk. Have a great week.

Creations By Cindy said...

Great pictures! You always seem to catch the perfect photos girl. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

Some really great shots and that green eyed fly almost looks like science fiction.. Never seen anything like it.

Teresa said...

Maravillosas fotografías están preciosas. Besos.

Red Rose Alley said...

That is the most unusual looking caterpillar. I may have thought it was a flower petal or leaf. Thank goodness you didn't step on it hehehe. The green eyes on the Robber Fly are so cool. He is an interesting fellow with his orange body and green eyes. These are great pictures, Diane. He almost looks
prehistoric, doesn't he? That a nice photo of the Hawk your husband took also. Oh, you saw some interesting things on this hike. : )

~Sheri

Jeannie said...

I don't like wasps (they don't like me either) but actually felt a little sorry for the one getting eaten. What a scary-looking monster up close!

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