Who is this?

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    I thought I was familiar with just about every insect in Texas but this guy has me stumped. When I first spied him I went to get the camera and he flew off before I could get more than 2 pictures. His size I would estimate to be a little over 2 1/2 inches long. I didn't see him do anything to my tomato plant but that proboscis could do some damage to either a caterpillar or a plants stem. I am fairly sure he is a beneficial but I would appreciate any help in identifying him. 001.JPG 002.JPG
     
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    It looks like some type of robber fly. Which one, I couldn't say.
     
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    Agreed. Looks like a Robber fly.
     
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    I am sure you are correct. We have a few varieties of robber flies here in Texas but none of them that I have seen are as "heavy duty" as this guy. When he flew off he went straight up for about 20 feet and headed east at a fast clip. Thanks for the help.
     
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    They are fast for sure. We have a smaller version here, that grabs gnats out of the air.
     
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    This guy could have grabbed a hummingbird. There is a common variety here that eats mosquitoes in mid air and another that only eats wasps.
     
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    He looks like he should be hanging out by the waters edge.
     
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    he's a Whopper but not the sort you get at burger king;)
     
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    Maybe that's why I've never seen one before. I am a looong way from any water
     
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    His eyes are so big he almost looks like a cartoon! ;)
     
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