A robber fly’s victim has little hope for escape once the fly wraps its strong, spiny legs around it.
Whack! A robber fly stabs its knifelike mouth into unsuspecting prey and injects venom that paralyzes and starts to digest the victim.
During high-speed maneuvers — such as escaping from a predator — a hummingbird can flap its wings up to 200 times a second.
Hummingbirds wield their beaks like spears to keep other hummers away from flowers and to defend themselves from predators.
And the winner is…
Some robber flies can grow up to 1.5 inches long. Their size helps them overpower bees and wasps. Although they sometimes take prey as large as a hummingbird, it happens rarely, and this hummer zips off to safety.
The struggle to survive isn’t always a fair fight.
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