Subject: Wasp? Bee?
Location: Suwanee, GA
June 21, 2016 7:58 am
This beastie was resting on my mailbox. An inch long, maybe. No visible stinger.
Signature: Anthony Trendl
Our money is on this being a Robber Fly in the family Asilidae, and many members of the family mimic bees and wasps, but alas, we have not had any luck with a conclusive species identification. The closest match we could find is Cyrtopogon lutatius pictured on BugGuide, and we suspect your “beastie” is closely related. We will attempt to get a second opinion on this.
Eric Eaton provides feedback:
This is more likely an Atomosia sp.
Not uncommon in the eastern U.S., though you don’t say where it is from.
Thanks … I’ll look it up. I’m near Atlanta, in a burb just northeast of it. Suburbs but I have a lot of trees as creeks nearby.
I’d love to buy a book (books) focused on the fauna of this area. Any recommendations?
Specifically regional guide books are not that common. We recommend The Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. A WTB? contributor, Eric Eaton is one of the authors.