At greater than 45 mm this is the largest robber in AR by the length competition. Discovered in a student insect collection (1994) and subsequently confirmed by Michael Warriner in 2004 at Terre Noire Blackland Prairie. This shot was taken at Grandview Prairie in the adjacent county in 2006. The student date was unknown. This shot was taken on July 1st. It was previously known from most of the states just to the west of us. These two prairie remnant areas are the only places it is known in our state currently.

Male from the county where they were originally discovered in the state. Charles took this one on the Okay levee near Millwood lake. Note how much darker the male is overall than the female of Dan's above. Very streamlined and hairless appearing robbers.

Female also from Grandview Prairie. With hopper. Staredown. Cheryl and Norm said they were fearless after the initial buzz around greeting.

Same female in Norm's art shot with leaf.

Same female with Norm in full summer apparel for capture and photography. Note this robber here is approximately 3 feet in length.

And Greg's glorious TX female with dragon kill that had first been nabbed in spider web. A tough day for the dragonfly all around, and its last.

And for the comparison shot, a female Microstylum galactodes, the other central species. Note the marked silvering which is even more prominent in the male. Note the beautiful blue on the legs of the grasshopper which is apparently Aulocara femoratum.

And the stunning male M. galactodes from NM by Bob Barber. Shot in early June. These are up there with Archilestris for the most impressive Asilids in North America. An unbelievable great shark of an insect.

And a wondrous shot of M. galactodes with a Cicada kill in the genus Diceroprocta. From the Big Bend region of Texas. Again, one of the great Asilids of the SW. Thanks to Charles Holliday for the use of this fine photo.

And I think I will be pretty much a sucker for any shot of Microstylum. Here is a stunning hopper kill which Norm thinks might be Melanoplus regalis. This is a male M. galactodes doing the dirty work. Thanks to Terry Fischer for another five star shot.