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Unknown in Central Florida - Mallophora bomboides

Unknown in Central Florida - Mallophora bomboides
Eagle Lake, Polk County, Florida, USA
June 1, 2006
Size: aprox 1.5 inches
Thought it might be a bee. Seemed to be laying eggs on my fence. It seemed to not be disturbed by my presence, as I got within inches to take this picture. Note small antenea and large body size and wings. Very pretty. Do you have any ideas? One person mentioned it might be an unknown lapheia

Is still correct. In the Asilinae, though they look like Laphrinae. This is the monster M. bomboides, which I will have to come down and see in Florida with Jeff sometime. Could lay on a fence. I assume they make a white irregular casing around their eggs, like leschenaulti -- unusual for Asilids.

its not a bee. I'd say that it is some species of robber fly. Don't know the exact species though...

Mallophora or Laphria
Might be one of those two, Herschel should know for certain

It is a Mallophora, although I think that genus name has changed....

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