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Bumble bee mimicking robber fly

Laphria fernaldi


Medium-large, fuzzy yellow fly with stout proboscis. Perching on foliage and logs in sunny spots in understory of Ponderosa Pine forest. Elevation over 6,500 ft.


Understory of Ponderosa Pine forest at elevation of over 6,000 ft.


Behaves like a flycatcher bird, scanning sky for other insects passing overhead. It flies out, grabs its prey, and returns to its perch to eat.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

..oh yes there's a misson for mimicry somewhere...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Great spotting BugEric. What an interesting critter.

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Colorado, USA

Spotted on May 22, 2012
Submitted on Dec 14, 2012

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