Brown Heath Robberfly - Machimus cingulatus
Size 10 to 13mm. A drab yellowish-brown fly. The femora are black on the anterior surface and orange of the posterior surface.
Machimus atricapillus has almost all hairs at sides of frons black whereas M. cingulatus has them mostly white. The 'moustache' of M. atricapillus has denser and more numerous black bristles than that of M. cingulatus. M. cingulatus also tends to have strong dark bands on the anterior surface of the mid and fore tibiae. See ID Aids below.
image: Malcolm Smart
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Coastal dunes, sandy heaths and similar habitats.
June to October
The adult makes short darts to capture prey which mainly consists of smaller Diptera.
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