Bee Killer in Ventura

Subject:  Bee-like Fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Ventura County, CA
Date: 08/06/2021
Time: 12:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this bug that was sitting on my kitchen counter?
How you want your letter signed:  Kevin the Curious

Bee Killer

Dear Kevin the Curious,
Wow, Ventura California is blowing up with insect identification requests this morning.  We just finished posting an image of a “Conspicua” Lady Beetle from Ventura.  This is a Robber Fly,
Mallophora fautrix, a member of a genus known as Bee Killers because they often prey on large Bees and Wasps.  This is “The only representative of the genus in California”, according to BugGuide, and it is pictured on Natural History of Orange County.

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