Location: Northern Virginia
August 13, 2012 7:58 pm
Hello! I found this nasty guy in my house the other day trying to fly through a window. Luckily I found it before my children saw it. I did some searching but couldn’t find anything like it. Is it some sort of wasp? Thanks!
This is some species of Robber Fly and we believe it is a Hanging Thief in the genus Diogmites, however we are unable to find an exact match on BugGuide. We believe this is closest to the New York Bee Killer, Diogmites basalis, which BugGuide describes as: “A large reddish brown species, with golden spots on each side of the abdominal segments,” however your specimen appears to lack the golden spots. Perhaps it is the angle of view.