Subject: Parasitic fuzzy black bee?
Location: San Antonio, TX
August 27, 2015 1:01 pm
I hope this letter finds you well. I was in my back yard yesterday afternoon, in san antonio, TX, when I stumbled across a large, fuzzy, black, winged insect. It looks almost like a bee and had a large wasp under it. I was thinking a parasite of some sort? Thanks for your help!
Signature: – T
We want to begin by correcting your terminology. A parasite lives in or on the body of a host creature, feeding on blood or other forms of nutrition that the body can offer. A parasitoid is all of the above, but it also kills the host while feeding. A predator catches and eats prey, and your image is of a predatory Robber Fly, the Belzebul Bee Eater, Mallophora leschenaulti, but we are uncertain of the identity of the prey as your image is lacking in critical detail.