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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Large bee or wasp looking creature

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Floresville, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 16, 2014
5:22 PM

Post #9895483

I was outside this afternoon when this odd looking thing landed on a leaf in front of me. It looks like a cross between a wasp, a bee and a furry moth to me. I didn't observe it in flight long enough to get much of an impression on its flight style though, so I have no idea which one it is... also, observe the odd looking feet.

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Minot, ND

July 16, 2014
6:02 PM

Post #9895512

It's a robber fly in the family Asilidae. Some species in the genera Laphria and Mallophora are excellent bee mimics, and Mallophora species specialize in preying on bees.
Floresville, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 16, 2014
6:40 PM

Post #9895553

Thanks for the quick ID!


Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2014
5:11 PM

Post #9898702

Indigoez, that's a really nice photo. Why don't you add it to the Bug Files?

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