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Robber Fly/Bee? - Laphria fernaldi

Robber Fly/Bee? - Laphria fernaldi
Valles Caldera NAtional Preserve, Los Alamos County, New Mexico, USA
June 15, 2012
This insect has seized a beetle like a robber fly but he looks different from robber flies I have seen e.g., fuzzy abdomen

appears to be Dichelonyx sp.

Moved from Robber Flies.

Moved for expert attention
Moved from ID Request.

Yes, a Robber Fly.
Love these guys! Maybe something near Mallophora? The experts will be able to give you a more accurate, precise answer.

Cool. Thanks. I didn't know t
Cool. Thanks. I didn't know the robber flies could resemble bees. Mallophora does look similar to this one.

Not Mallophora, but Laphria (you can easily tell the two genera apart by looking at the antennae). With that splash of red on the abdomen, I'd say probably Laphria fernaldi. Lovely insect.

Thank you for the id.
Thank you for the id.

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