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Photo#988809
bee ? teddy bear fuzzy - Mallophora fautrix

bee ? teddy bear fuzzy - Mallophora fautrix
Granite Shoals, Burnet County, Texas, USA
July 20, 2014

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bee ? teddy bear fuzzy - Mallophora fautrix bee ? teddy bear fuzzy - Mallophora fautrix

Moved
Moved from Robber Flies.

Moved
Moved from Robber Flies.

Sorry. Didn't realize that this one had already been moved.

Moved (perhaps Laphria or Mallophora)
Moved from ID Request.

Believe it or not, this is a voracious predatory fly, more closely related to the common housefly than to bees. Its ancestral lineage has evolved to mimic bumblebees - to hunt and eat bees and wasps - like the wolf in sheep's clothing.

You can tell it's a robber fly, not a bee, by the depression between its large, forward directed (as in most predators, both arthropod and vertebrate) eyes, and by its small, spiky antennae.

Here's a good blog on the subject.

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