Subject:  Huge bee
Geographic location of the bug:  North Florida
Date: 09/24/2018
Time: 06:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This large bee thing buzzed my position.
How you want your letter signed:  Kurtz

Southern Bee Killer

Dear Kurtz,
This is not a Bee.  It is a Southern Bee Killer,
Mallophora orcina, or another member of the genus, and it is pictured on BugGuide.  It is a predatory Robber Fly that mimics a large Bee and that feeds primarily on Bees and Wasps as well as other large flying insects.  Based on data for BugGuide sightings, this is a late season sighting.

Location: Florida

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