Subject: Some kind of fly?
Location: Lynchburg, VA
May 29, 2013 6:24 pm
Observed this critter in Lynchburg, VA, May 29, about 2:30 pm.
It’s happily devouring something which I think looks a little like a firefly, but not too much of it is left. When I tried to get closer & see whether it has two wings or four, it took off, but I think it’s two. Size: approx 7/8” long.
Some kind of fly?
Signature: Ann Bee Zee
Dear Ann Bee Zee,
This is a predatory Robber Fly in the genus Laphria, and we believe it is the Virginia Bee Killer, Laphria virginica. We compared your photo to images on BugGuide. These impressive insects often take prey on the wing, and they are often seen preying upon bees and wasps.