Subject: Super Close ups of Robber Fly
Geographic location of the bug: Ellijay, GA
Time: 08:23 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: My son excitedly for this guy and we Scored some great shots of this guy June 10, 2019. He didn’t seem to mind that I was interrupting his dinner. Would love to know the species.
How you want your letter signed: Melissa
Your son’s images are wonderful and an excellent addition to our Food Chain tag. This is a Beelike Robber Fly in the genus Laphria, and it is feeding on an invasive, exotic Japanese Beetle, the scourge of many gardeners. Because of the yellow hairs on the abdomen and legs, and because of your location, we believe this is Laphria macquarti based on this BugGuide image. According to BugGuide: “Seems to prefer small beetles, but would eat other insects, even other robber flies” which further supports our tentative identification.