During a long hike with my equipment on this hot August day, I was moving across a wide grassy area and this very loud Red-footed Cannibalfly went by my head. It was really loud and scared me a bit because it was moving so fast. I thought it was maybe some type of beetle or even a hummingbird, but then it landed within view and my hunt for a dragonfly was postponed.

This Red-footed Cannibalfly is rumored to get large enough to take down a hummingbird. This shot was taken about 1 mile from the US Olympic Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC.

Notice how this particular specimen has already caught his dinner. They catch them in mid air and find a perch to consume their meal.