Bee Fly from Canada

Location: 25km N/W Toronto, Ont., Canada
September 22, 2011 2:12 pm
I think maybe Mosquitoes are a little more advanced than we think and have developed a prototype of the ultimate Mosquito warrior in preparation for a D-Day attack on us helpless humans!!!
The strips on the tarp are 1/8th inch so this thing is just less than 1 inch long and stands about as tall. That’s likely about 100 times the size of your everyday non warrior killing machine mosquito.
Seen on a hiking trail Aug 13/2011, about 25km north/west of Toronto, Ontario. There have been no known attacks yet. Get ready….!!!
Signature: Dan

Scaly Bee Fly

Hi Dan,
While it might look like a mosquito on steroids, looks can often be deceptive in the insect world, and this Scaly Bee Fly,
Lepidophora lepidocera, is perfectly harmless.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults are seen on flowers, presumably taking nectar. Insects of Cedar Creek reports they like to visit a Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum). Another reference from Minnesota lists Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) as a nectar source. Seen on goldenrod (Solidago spp.) and Bushy Aster (Symphyotrichum dumosum) in the Piedmont of North Carolina”  BugGuide also notes:  “Larvae of Lepidophora are parasites of solitary wasps (Vespidae and Sphecidae).”

Update:  August 13, 2016
After posting a similar Bee Fly today, we now believe this is
Lepidophora lutea which has a more northerly range according to BugGuide.

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