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Dune Robber Fly Philonicus albiceps

The Dune Robberfly is not the easiest species to identify. And it is rather variable. Yet, this is a dark grey robberfly. The markings on top are variable, but the legs are black, with a variable number of small brownish patches. The hairs on the legs are relatively long. Varies in size as well. The smallest animals are 12 millimeters, the biggest 20 millimeters. The males are smaller than the females. The habitat may assist you in identifying them: they love sand. You will only find them on light, sandy soil and in the dunes. It loves hunting over sandy footpaths. The Dune Robber Fly usually catches flies, but will take other insects given the chance.