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Photo#801501
Insect eating bee - Proctacanthus rufus - male

Insect eating bee - Proctacanthus rufus - Male
Virginia Beach Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, USA
July 4, 2013
Can anyone identify the insect eating the bee? Photo taken in marsh at the Back Bay NWR. Thought it might be a dragonfly, but I don't see any wings and dragonflies can't fold their wings. Some sort of damselfly perhaps? Unfortunately this is the only shot I have. I was busy photographing Moccasins (Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus) at the time and thought I was getting a quick pic of dragonfly's lunch - until I viewed the image later that day. Would like to post the photo on my website if we can get an ID. Many thanks!
Backbayblogger.

Prey:
Bombus impatiens worker

Moved
Moved from Robber Flies.

Proctacanthus
rufus, a male robber fly. And a fine shot for a one off.

 
Thank you. I was looking at s
Thank you. I was looking at some web images of robber flies and this sort of looked like a "Machimus sp. Salteadora" - although I'm not sure what that means. Is that possibly a species of robber fly that would be found in the marshes of southeastern Va?
Again, BugGuide and the folks on this site are amazing.

 
Machimus
salteadora is an old name for Machimus antimachus which does occur in VA but is not this animal. See the true Machimus photos for that insect. These Proctacanthus are much larger robbers and prefer clear water and sandy habitats.

Moved for expert attention
Moved from ID Request.

It's a Robber Fly of some kind. The experts will be able to take the ID further.

Welcome to BugGuide!

 
Thank you for the ID. And I t
Thank you for the ID. And I thought it was a bearded dragonfly. (ha ha) BugGuide is amazing!