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Subject: Bee
Location: Western Kentucky, USA
August 12, 2014 4:33 pm
What kind of bee is this? Western KY. There is a swarm in a tree behind my house.
Signature: Anthony Stoner

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Dear Anthony,
This is a domestic Honey Bee, and you can call a local bee keeper to remove the swarm from your yard.

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Subject: Strange big eyed bee eating bug
Location: Bellflower, Ca
August 4, 2014 10:43 am
Hello Bugman,
Monday, August 4, 2014. My daughter saw this strange bug on our tomato cage. When I went to take its picture, I saw that it had a bee in its legs. The bee was upside down and looked dead. We think it was eating the bee.
This bug had what looked like brown wings and huge eyes. Please help identify this strange big eyed bee eating bug.
Thank you
Signature: Deana Campbell

Robber Fly eats Bee

Robber Fly eats Bee

Hi Deana,
This is some species of Robber Fly in the family Asilidae, but there is not enough detail in the image to make a more specific identification, but we suspect it is a Bee Killer,
Mallophora fautrix.

Thank you for your quick response. I looked up Robber Fly on the What’s That Bug page and did find pics that looked just like the bug on my tomato cage.
Thanks again,
Deana Campbell

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Subject: Bee
Location: Long Beach, CA
July 14, 2014 10:47 pm
Ok, so this is a bee (in Long Beach, CA). But what’s that orangey thing on the back of the bee that looks kind of like roe (if this were a fish rather than a worker bee)?
Thanks!
Signature: InfiniteMonkey

Honey Bee with Pollen Sac

Honey Bee with Pollen Sac

Dear InfiniteMonkey,
It appears you already know the answer since your digital file is named “beepollen”
and the location is typical of the pollen sac of a Honey Bee.  Though the pollen collected by your individual Honey Bee appears different, it is not to dissimilar than this image of a Honey Bee from Forestry Images.

Thanks! I was guessing that’s what it was, but I couldn’t find a similar image. (And actually I was thinking more of the pollen collecting when I named the image).
Love your site!

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Subject: Unknown pollinator
Location: Central Texas
March 24, 2014 5:57 pm
Can you help me identify this pollinator? The picture was taken mid-morning in central Texas on 3/18.
Signature: DanaK

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Dear DanaK,
This is a Honey Bee, a common species that has been kept domestically for thousands of years.

Thanks. Now I feel stupid, but glad to know what it is. I guess we just don’t see many actual honey bees here.

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Subject: Identification of a bug / insect
Location: HMAS Cerberus, Hastings, Victoria
January 22, 2014 12:59 pm
Hi,
Hoping you can help me please.
I was at HMAS Cerberus earlier this week. I had asked my son to stand next to a monument for a photo. He spotted a bee and said “I’m not standing there, I don’t want to get stung” .. then out of nowhere, this huge bug / insect came flying past me, picked the bee out of the air and landed on the monument …. I told Jordan he didn’t have to worry about the bee anymore! hahaha
But taking photos of the insect, I have never seen one before and would like to find out what it is if possible. It’s an amazing looking bug. The feet on it look like hooves! Please see attached photos.
Thanks and kind regards,
Jen.
Melbourne, Australia
Signature: Jen – Jen’s Freelance Photography

Robber Fly eats Honey Bee

Common Brown Robber Fly eats Honey Bee

Hi Jen,
What an amusing anecdote you have provided.  Did Jordan worry about this considerably larger, predatory Robber Fly in the family Asilidae?  Based on photos on the Brisbane Insect website, we believe this might be a Common Brown Robber Fly in the genus
Zosteria.  Robber Flies are very adept hunters and they often take large prey, including bees and wasps, while on the wing, just as you witnessed.

Common Brown Robber Fly eats Honey Bee

Common Brown Robber Fly eats Honey Bee

Hi Daniel,
Thanks so much for your reply.
Funnily enough, Jordan wasn’t as worried about the much larger “Robber Fly”.  It looked somewhat like a dragon fly and didn’t have a stinger on it’s tail so we were both thinking at the time that it was relatively harmless (until I read up on them!).  Seeing it take the bee mid flight, hearing an almost “thud” as it landed and then watching it devour it’s prey should have been a hint, in heinsight, that this was not a particularly friendly creature …. hahahaha.
I had sent an email to yourselves and also Pestworld.org   …  the people at Pestworld.org loved my images so much that they will now be using them on their website for identification purposes, which is fantastic.
Thanks so much for taking the time to get back to me.  Should I encounter any further strange little creatures in my travels, I will forward them on.
Thanks and kind regards,
Jen.
Jeannie Van Den Boogaard
Jen’s Freelance Photography

Hi again Jen,
For the record, Robber Flies do not prey upon people and we have never gotten a report from a person who was bitten by a Robber Fly.  We suspect that if a Robber Fly is captured in one’s hands, a bite might result.

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Subject: Carpenter Bee Robber Fly
Location: Johannesburg South Africa
November 21, 2013 2:47 am
I took these yesterday in my drive way.
Signature: Tiaan

Carpenter Bee Robber Fly eats Honey Bee

Carpenter Bee Robber Fly eats Honey Bee

Hi Tiaan,
Thanks for sending us your photos of a Carpenter Bee Robber Fly,
Hyperechia marshalli, feeding on a Honey Bee.  They are a nice addition to our Food Chain tag.

Carpenter Bee Robber Fly eats Honey Bee

Carpenter Bee Robber Fly eats Honey Bee

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