Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Interested in a 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico?

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Previous events

Dasylechia atrox

Dasylechia atrox
Ledges State Park, Boone County, Iowa, USA
July 31, 2011

This one had taken a little trip in the river and was sitting in the sand, trying to dry off. Was happy to crawl onto my hand and let me move it out of the island in the middle and over to the far banks.

Moved from Robber Flies.

From Dr. Stephen Bullington:
"That's it alright. As far as I know the photograph you linked to is the only one ever of a living D. atrox, at least that's public."

Oh, wow
I'll have to look back and see if I took any other pictures once I get back to the states.


Look closer
This isn't a Laphria, as the antennae are wrong, and the proboscis isn't visible. I think this is the very rare Dasylechia atrox. I'm checking with Bullington for confirmation. Do you have any more pics? Even marginal quality would be worth adding. There are no live photographs of this species.

Moved from Robber Flies.

Moved from Flies.

Moved from Bumble Bees.

Well, I feel dumber than usual now. I thought something was off. Yeesh.

Antennae give it away.

So is this a bee-like robber
So is this a bee-like robber fly?

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.