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Bee Imposter - Mallophora fautrix

Bee Imposter - Mallophora fautrix
Alamogordo, Otero County, New Mexico, USA
August 11, 2010
I found another one eating what appeared to be a bee. I could not find anything that looked like it in my id book.

Moved from Robber Flies.

Mallophora fautrix.

Moved from ID Request.

I agree that it looks like Mallophora. The experts will tell us for sure.

Robber Fly, I am certain. They are masterful mimics of Bumblebees and Hornets. It allows them to prey on them easily, as well as be left alone under the assumption that they carry a sting. But they are harmless.

Mallophora fautrix
Mallophora fautrix perhaps? The robber flies I am used to seeing look more like ugly dragonflies. I didn't even to think to look under robber flies because I assumed all looked like that.

Thanks so much!

You're welcome!
There are even Robber Flies that have markings specific to certain Bumblebee species! They are really amazing. You should also check out the hornet/wasp mimic Robbers. Just beautiful. Very cool shot! Looks like this one has been on flowers. They rarely pose as nicely for me.

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