Is it a fly? Bee? Beetle?
Location: NE Los Angeles
July 27, 2011 2:27 pm
My daugher and I were outside in our Eagle Rock, California backyard and this delightful bug flew past and decided to land on my shoe. After I gave my shoe a gentle shake, it flew over to a blade of grass. We are perplexed as to what exactly it is!
Signature: Loving the flying things
Our offices are in nearby Mt Washington. This is a Robber Fly known as a Bee Killer, Mallophora fautrix. They are predators that catch large flying insects, including bees and wasps, while on the wing.