Subject: bee fly??
Location: Boxford, MA
June 11, 2013 7:15 pm
As I was hiking in a woodland field surrounded by flowers, I came across this guy. I thought it was a bumblebee but then I saw it’s big fly-like eyes.
I would love to know what it is.
This is a Robber Fly in the family Asilidae and there are many genera with species that resemble Bumble Bees, like your individual. We believe this might be Laphria flavicollis based on this image posted to BugGuide. According to BugGuide, “adults predaceous on flying insects, including bees and other robber flies” and these Bee-Like Robber Flies were originally classified as “Bombomima Enderlein.”