Things that aren’t bees (#2)

Yesterday, I discussed a common group of flies that mimic bees and wasps. Here’s a more challenging mimic. This one is also a fly, but a pretty convincing fake bumble bee!

In fact, there is a whole genera of flies known as bee-like robber flies.  They typically are described as having a “beard” on their face.  Personally, I’d say it was more of a Vandyke goatee–but why quibble.

Robber flies are predatory flies, and can often be seen on a perch, looking for their next victim.   If you see something that looks like a bee lounging about on a leaf, it’s likely to be a robber fly.

You can find some truly amazing photos of a bee-like robber fly and it’s prey at CirrusImage.

Thanks to Ben.Lease for this photo!

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