Subject: A Black & White Bee?
Location: West Los Angeles
September 4, 2016 1:27 pm
Found this creature clinging to a milkweed plant early one morning. Can you tell me what it is?
Signature: Jeff Bremer
This is not a Bee, but rather a Bee Killer, one of the Robber Flies in the genus Mallophora. The only member of the genus currently known from California is Mallophora fautrix, and according to BugGuide, its range is “sw. US (CA-TX-UT) & Mexico.” Genus characteristics, according to BugGuide, are “Large, fuzzy, bee-mimicking robber flies” and “Predatory on other insects, including large bees, wasps.”