Subject: what’s this bug
Location: 1 hr north of Houston TX
April 29, 2014 6:17 pm
I only got one pic of this bug before it flew away, so it can fly. It has a very unique marking on the top of the thorax, huge eyes. Looks like a digging or stabbing beak. Hairy legs. this bug is between 1 1/2 and 2 inches long.
Signature: I don’t know the answer
And we are very happy you managed to get that one photo. This is a Bee-Like Robber Fly, Laphria saffrana. We identified this magnificent predator on BugGuide where it states: “Bromley (1934) considered this species to be a mimic of the queen of the southern yellowjacket, Vespula squamosa.” Laphria saffrana is also represented on iNaturalist.