Above is a portrait of a Robber Fly (Family Asilidae). Apparently, they’re much nastier than I gave them credit for.
Wikipedia tells me that they use their proboscis to stab and inject victims with saliva containing neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes which paralyze and digest the insides; and then the fly then sucks the liquefied meal through the proboscis. Brrr. And they have wasps, grasshoppers, dragonflies and even some spiders in their list of prey.
That makes it one helluva weird apex predator.
Metadata Canon Powershot G11. ISO 200. f/4.5 at 1/60 second. Edited using Picasa 3.8.
Taken in December 2010 in Vembar along the coast of the Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu, India.
PS. TDC apologises for that truly dreadful title.