Subject: Bug found in San Antonio, TX
Location: San Antonio, TX
June 30, 2012 2:34 pm
My girl friend in San Antonio found this lovely specimen in her garden buzzing around today (June 30, 2012). She asked me to find out what it is and sent me some pictures. Any help would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance.
These photos are wonderful. This is quite a formidable Robber Fly, Mallophora leschenaulti, commonly called the Belzebul Bee Killer or Black Bee Killer according to BugGuide, which also notes: “Remarkably, has been reported to attack and kill hummingbirds.” These large, robust Robber Flies are easily mistaken for Bumble Bees.
Thank you, Daniel, for the ID. I will let my pal in Texas know. She will be quite tickled you
like her photos.