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Subject: Bee or Moth?
Location: Lassen Volcanic Park, California
August 3, 2012 6:27 am
While hiking on Bumpass trail in Lassen Park California, we stumbled on this little critter acting like a hummingbird. It looked like a bee, but a passerby mentioned that it may be a moth.
I’m stumped. Can you help me identify it?
Thanks So Much,
Signature: Rob Fernandes

Bomber Fly

Hi Rob,
This is neither a bee nor a moth.  We thought it might be a Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae, but we did not recognize the markings on the abdomen.  We turned to BugGuide where we quickly identified this impressive creature as a Bomber Fly,
Heterostylum robustum, indeed one of the Bee Flies.  BugGuide identifies it as a:  “Large Bee-fly with long proboscis and strong pattern on rear of abdomen.”  This is a new species for our archive.

Thanks so much for you help identifying the Bomber Fly! I’m glad I could help expand your archive as well. Here is one other pic of the fly from a different angle showing better leg detail.

Bomber Fly

Thanks for sending an additional photo Rob.  The proboscis is also nicely visible in the new photo.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: California

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