Sep 15, 2008

Death in a Cemetery

Paul is a photographer down in Jacksonville, FL, US. While plying at his trade in a cemetery, he saw this scene of death play itself out.

You're looking at a 3" fly with a grasshopper in its clutches. This fly, which I think is a variety of robberfly, was able to fly with its kill in its maw and land on this tombstone. To butcher one of my favorite Groucho Marx quotes: "Time flies like an arrow. Robber flies like a grasshopper."

Thanks, Paul.

5 comments:

Cat said...

Ew. I wouldn't want that landing on my picnic.

jynxkat said...

one of these was sitting on the rail of our porch when pizza was being delivered- i asked the pizza guy if he knew what it was and he shrugged and poked it with his finger O_o
brave or stupid- i dunno :D

niner said...

Eek! I realize "circle of life", animals need to eat, etc. but still sad for Mr. Grasshopper. That fly looks HUGE.

Kelly said...

Have we entered The Mist? How the hell can a fly get that big??! Remind me never to go to Florida.

Theodosia said...

You know, I'm not usually wigged out by large insects but I think if that thing landed by me I'd run screaming. I mean, I'm not afraid of dragonflies, which do get larger, and I've seen large black wasps around here that I'd back away slowly from... but THAT is a whole 'nother thing, truly.