robber

robber fly

or assassin fly

Robber fly (Asilidae)

Any of about 4,000 species of predatory dipterans in the family Asilidae, found worldwide. Robber flies are the largest of all dipterans; some species are 3 in. (8 cm) long. Most have a dull-coloured, stout body resembling that of a bumblebee and a moustache of bristles between the large-faceted eyes. They use their long legs to capture insects in flight and hold them while eating; a fluid injected into the victim breaks down muscle tissue. A few species are serious pests of apiaries.

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David Lewis, known as "Davy" or "Robber" Lewis (March 4, 17901820), was an American criminal who became known as the "Robin Hood of Pennsylvania" for his style of crime.

Lewis was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He began his criminal career as a counterfeiter, but eventually turned to highway robbery. Known as the "Robin Hood of Pennsylvania", there are numerous stories of Lewis having "robbed from the rich to give to the poor". Many of these tales are more folklore than history, though there are several newspaper accounts from the period of Lewis assisting the downtrodden, taking pity on some intended victims, and befriending many locals, who often assisted him in evading justice. Lewis apparently referred to himself as "an equalizer".

Lewis and his gang frequently used a network of caves through out central Pennsylvania as hideouts and stores for stolen goods, one of which, Indian Caverns, is open to the public.

Lewis was arrested several times and broke jail on every occasion. He was finally apprehended by a posse in 1820. He died from a gunshot wound received during his capture. On his deathbed in Bellefonte Jail, he wrote an autobiography in the form of confessions which was published at the time, excerpts of which have appeared in several newspaper accounts since.

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