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bee like creature frightens dog
Hi!
Yesterday, ur dog Ellie alerted us to this bee-like creature in our backyard. It was frightening enough to throw her into a barking fit. Was she wise in warning us, or is this big guy harmless? (He/she is around 2 inches long..that is the bug not the dog.)
Thank you!
Amy Holloway
Austin, TX

Hi Amy,
This is actually a Robber Fly in the Family Asilidae and it preys on bees. It is harmless to you and your dog, but if you try to pick it up, it will probably bite.

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