Location: Upstate New York
September 5, 2010 12:09 am
Dear Bugman….found this interesting beast on an adirondack chair at a lake in upstate NY. What the bug is it?
This is a Bee-Like Robber Fly in the genus Laphria, possibly the Virginia Bee Killer, Laphria virginica. There are many similar looking members of the genus. You can compare your individual to the Virginia Bee Killer photos posted to BugGuide. According to the data page on BugGuide, most sightings occur in June, and they are rare in August and BugGuide reports no September sightings, however sightings for the entire genus reported on BugGuide do include September sightings.