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Imitating Mr. Bumble - Volucella bombylans-complex - male

Imitating Mr. Bumble - Volucella bombylans-complex - Male
Alameda County, California, USA
April 16, 2010
Resting on lemon leaf, afternoon.

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Imitating Mr. Bumble - Volucella bombylans-complex - male Imitating Mr. Bumble - Volucella bombylans-complex - male

Moved
Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Definitely Volucella bombylan
Definitely Volucella bombylans; best BugGuide photos of this beautiful fly!

"Wy would anyone pretend to be a bumblebee, anyway?" You must be lucky...to never having been stung by one!

 
Well, I don't try to pet them
I suppose they deceive hungry birds as they deceive backyard photographers. These mimics are so humiliating. Again I forgot to take note of the eyes! However, your first sentence takes out some of the "sting."

Looks somewhat different...
...but definitely reminiscent of Volucella bombylans. Could also be some new flavor of Copestylum, as Eric already pointed out. Both genera are in the same tribe...

Moved
Moved from Bumble Bees.

Those are the antennae of a fly.
An excellent mimic!

 
Yes, a fly!
Very unique, too. My suspicion is that this is a species of Copestylum, in the family Syrphidae.

 
Drat! Fooled again!
I'll move it, I'll move it.

Wy would anyone pretend to be a bumblebee, anyway?

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