The long and slim robbers that compose the Leptogastrinae are fairly distinctive and primitive robbers. They look and act differently. Several appear as small, strange damselflies in flight in the wooded areas they inhabit. Many are quite small. And only after you have seen them does your eye adjust to these faint sticks floating in the vegetation or grass. Many of them feed by directly gleaning insects from vegetation. And this is the only group I have seen pluck spiders from their webs.

They are now broken into six genera in our area. Three of these genera have only one or two species. The large Leptogaster genus is the most widespread. These are very difficult to photograph for various reasons. But they are quite striking up close.