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Big Bee Mimic Fly 004 - Laphria

Big Bee Mimic Fly 004 - Laphria
Wilton, Inland Barrens, Saratoga County, New York, USA
August 4, 2011
I was guessing a bee-mimic robber fly of some type, but wing position seemed unique, not sure. K.

Moved from Robber Flies.

Laphria. Female will sometimes hold wings unlocked for a bit after landing. Looks like the true Laphria portion of this giant genus.

Thank you Herschel
very good info on the wing-locking. Asilidae are truly amazing creatures. K.

Moved from ID Request.

Bee mimic Syrphidae?

Looks like a robber to me
That cleft between the eyes is a diagnostic trait, if I understand correctly. Which genus or species... I have no clue.

point Chuck.

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