Robber Flies: Wolves in Sheep's Clothing
I was excited to spot this Robber Fly (Laphria flavicollis) the other day in the garden. It gave away its true identity when it landed and folded its two wings back behind it.
Insects, Their Natural History and Diversity)
Insects, Their Natural History and Diversity) This Robber Fly has distinctive orange hairs that cover the abdomen and thorax.
Another photo of Laphria sericea (atkis complex) that I photographed at a local park last year.
"Robber flies are strong flyers, and usually capture prey on the wing. It is not unusual for them to capture insects larger than themselves". (Insects of the North Woods)
Read an earlier post about Bee Mimics
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