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huge bee - Bombus auricomus - male

huge bee - Bombus auricomus - Male
Madison / Owen Park, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
August 21, 2013
Size: 35-40mm

Bombus auricomus (Black-and-gold Bumble Bee)
male

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Might actually be a Robber Fly in
genus Mallophora, from its end-of-plant perch.

 
Interesting observation, Dave.
Perching place makes sense, but note that posture is totally different than the wings-together look of the fly. Note also legs here aren't as robust, plus thorax isn't nearly as hairy.

 
I'm seeing two wing pairs hit
I'm seeing two wing pairs hitched together in the usual bee sense, so not a fly. Otherwise - no idea, sorry!

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