Southern Bee Killer

Interesting bee photo!
Last year I was mowing the yard, and I saw what appeared to be a huge bee flying towards my face. It turned out to be a bumble bee flying about with a honey bee in it’s mouth. It was flying around, and landed on a bush, to apparently devour the bee. It allowed me to get close enough to snap a couple of pics. Can you tell me if this is normal behavior? Here it is.
Richard Staron
Houston, Texas

Hi Richard,
This is most certainly not normal behavior for a Bumble Bee, but it is perfectly normal for a Southern Bee Killer, Mallophora orcina, a species of Robber Fly.

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