Subject: Big black fly with white stripes
Location: South Africa
March 14, 2017 5:40 am
I’m from South Africa. I saw this uge fly on my laundry . It seems like it was feeding on a smal bee. Is this a carpenter bee robber fly?
Signature: Yours sincerely, Gerrit
This is definitely a Carpenter Bee Robber Fly, Hyperechia marshalli, a species represented on our site in several previous postings. We verified its identity on iSpot. These impressive aerial predators have a particular fondness for preying on large, stinging insects. Your individual appears to be eating a Paper Wasp. The Carpenter Bee Robber Fly is also pictured on iNaturalist.