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Robber Fly (bumblebee mimic)

Laphria thoracica


The short, strong proboscis is used to stab and inject victims with saliva containing neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes which paralyze and digest the insides; the fly then sucks the liquefied meal through the proboscis. Many species have long, tapering abdomens, sometimes with a sword-like ovipositor. Others are fat-bodied bumble bee mimics. Adult robber flies attack other flies, beetles, butterflies and moths, various bees, dragon and damselflies, ichneumon wasps, grasshoppers, and some spiders.

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LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Best Bumble Bee mimic I've seen!

keithp2012 9 years ago

This is a very good mimic I was fooled until I looked closer at it

eftco88 9 years ago

Amazing. very good

keithp2012 11 years ago

Thank You!

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West Babylon, New York, USA

Spotted on Jun 2, 2011
Submitted on Jun 2, 2011

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