Bumble Bee-like Robber Fly

Robber Fly (Laphria macquarti)

The preceding photograph shows a Bumble Bee-like Robber Fly (Laphria grossa) perching near a vernal pool at Huntley Meadows Park on 22 July 2014.

I think the Bumble Bee-like Robber Fly looks like a lost member of ZZ Top! More conventional thinkers see them differently.

A mimic of a Bombus (Psithyrus). Source Credit: Species Laphria grossa, BugGuide.

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “Bumble Bee-like Robber Fly”

  1. Ben Coulter Says:

    Hi Walter, this is Laphria grossa. Laphria macquarti doesn’t occur in Virginia, and has mostly black facial hair.

    • waltersanford Says:

      Thanks for the correction, Ben! Hey, at least I know someone is reading my blog carefully! But seriously, as a former K-12 science teacher I am a stickler for not spreading misinformation. Thanks for setting the record straight!

      Editor’s Note: I updated this post to reflect Ben’s species suggestion, so readers may be a little confused.

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