Unknown Bee?
Hi Bugman…looking for some help on this one. Been trying to identify this bee for the past two weeks but no luck. I cant find anything with those gold coloured eyes. I thought maybe it could be from the fly family but no luck there either. Thanks for your help!
Tom Rook
Brantford, Ont. Canada

Hi Tom,
Maybe, just maybe, this is a Soldier Fly in the family Stratiomyidae, but there is not match on BugGuide. We are hoping Eric Eaton can assist with this beauty. Eric wrote in with this information: “It is actually a wasp, genus Tachytes, family Sphecidae. The females paralyze acridid grasshoppers as food for their offspring. Eric”

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