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Bee eating another bee
August 6, 2009
We saw a bee catch another bee in midair. It then flew away with it’s prey in mouth only to get eaten by a bird in midair. Food chain in action!
Jonathan Bergado
Santa Fe Springs, CA

Bee Killer Kills Bee

Bee Killer Kills Bee

Hi Jonathan,
The predator in your photo is not a Bee, but rather a Robber Fly known as a Bee Killer.  It is Mallophora fautrix, the only member of the genus in California according to BugGuide.
The prey is a Honey Bee.

Bee KIller Kills Bee

Bee KIller Kills Bee

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