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Bumble bee mimicking robber fly

Laphria fernaldi

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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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2 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

..oh yes there's a misson for mimicry somewhere... http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8015...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Great spotting BugEric. What an interesting critter.

BugEric
Spotted by
BugEric

Colorado, USA

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

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