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Many observations of the suspended feeding posture of Diogmites were caught on camera, for example Herschel Raney's webpage for Dasypogoninae includes images of D. angustipennis, D. platypterus and D. missouriensis feeding on a variety of insects. Chris Thawley has an interesting video of a feeding adult manipulating a large prey wasp while in hanging posture. Observations of the moment of prey capture are unfortunately not recorded yet in any literature or web resources. Some species can assume an unusual flight posture, with the first and last leg pairs raised high while the middle legs are extended downwards (personal observation of low-flying D. angustipennis males and females in central New Mexico). This might represent a peculiar type of hunting-related behavior more commonly referred to as orientation flights, or perhaps might serve purposes unrelated to hunting, such as a defensive posture to reduce odds of capture by dragonflies or other robberflies, or behavior intended to facilitate latching onto plant stems and leaves for landing.

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