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Subject: Giant “bee”?
Location: Westwood MA 02090
June 30, 2015 7:25 pm
Found this rather Docile, Giant bee like bug today at my camp and could not identify.
About the length of my index finger (3″).
Much larger than a carpenter bee and someone thought it could be an invasive Asian Resin bee, but all pics look again, too small.
Both pics are the same bug.
Help!!
And thanks!
Signature: James R

Bee-Like Robber Fly

Bee-Like Robber Fly

Dear James,
Your confusion is understandable.  This is a Bee-Like Robber Fly in the genus
Laphria, most likely either Laphria virginica or Laphria flavicollis.  Of Laphria virginica, BugGuide states:  “Easy to confuse with L. flavicollis. The main gestalt things to look for are the hairiness of the black abdomen, very fuzzy in virginica but somewhat glossy in flavicollis. The golden hair on the top of the thorax looks more swept back and finely constructed in flavicollis. And in virginica, the legs have a reddish brown tone to the fuzz in good light.”

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Subject: Large fluffy faced fly laying eggs in old board
Location: Colorado City, Colorado
June 5, 2015 11:49 am
What kind of bug is this little lady? She is about an inch long and I believe she was laying eggs while I was snapping these photos. This was taken in my backyard on June 5th, 2015
Signature: Connie

Robber Fly

Giant Robber Fly

Hi Connie,
This is a female Robber Fly, and we found a very similar looking individual on the Bandelier National Monument website, but alas, it is not identified to the species level.  Eric Eaton has an image of
Promachus albifacies from Colorado Springs that looks very similar, and researching that on BugGuide, we believe that at least the genus with members known as Giant Robber Flies is correct.  We are going to be out of the office later in June, so we are postdating your submission to go live during our absence.

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Subject: Large Bug
Location: Toledo, Ohio
June 4, 2015 5:22 pm
It’s that time of year again where I love to visit your page because I find so many new bugs. I love bugs, but honestly, I hope this one never lands on me as it was HUGE. (Unless I find out it doesn’t sting. ) It was hanging out in an open field in Northwest Ohio with butterflies and other bees. Any idea what it is? I’ve never seen anything like it.
Thank you!
Signature: Ginny

Bee-Like Robber Fly

Bee-Like Robber Fly

Dear Ginny,
This is a Bee-Like Robber Fly in the genus
Laphria, but we cannot be certain which species you sighted.  You can find additional information on BugGuide.

Thank you!  You know, I actually looked up Robber Fly, but didn’t see anything that looked like it.  I will do further looking.  Thanks so much!!
…ginny

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Subject: Giant flying bug with green eyes
Location: mid texas
June 3, 2015 12:46 pm
this is about the size of the whole palm of my hand. We are located in mid Texas and it’s the beginning of June! It’s been sitting in a pot for about 5 hours and hasn’t moved.
Signature: Jessica

Robber Fly:  Microstylum morosum

Robber Fly: Microstylum morosum

Dear Jessica,
We verified the identity of your Robber Fly as
Microstylum morosum thanks to images posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: West Texas
Location: West Texas
May 25, 2015 12:55 pm
What is this strange bug? We have had a lot of rain lately, located in West Texas. Very interesting insect…
Signature: Ashley Jones

Robber Fly

Robber Fly

Dear Ashley,
This Robber Fly in the family Asilidae is an accomplished predator.  Based on images posted to the Plants and Insects of Goodwell and Texhoma site, this is a male
Efferia aestuans, a species with no common name.

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Subject: Bee/Wasp?
Location: San Antonio, TX
April 26, 2015 6:41 pm
I cannot for the life of me figure out what this is! please please help!
Signature: Thanks, Hannah Ervin

Belzebul Bee Eater

Belzebul Bee Eater

Dear Hannah,
This is one of the largest and most impressive of the North American Robber Flies in the family Asilidae.  This is a Belzebul Bee-Eater,
Mallophora leschenaulti, which you can verify by comparing your image to this image on BugGuide.

Belzebul Bee-Eater

Belzebul Bee-Eater

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I was looking on bugguide.net all day, but I was looking for a type of bee not a bee killer haha! I appreciate your help very much! God bless!

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