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  • Bee Killer - (Mallorphora leschenaulti)

    Bee Killer - (Mallorphora leschenaulti)

    Part of the Robber Fly family, Bee Killers are exactly what they say they are: flies that eat all sorts of bees for dinner.

    Staff Writer (8/16/2017): It may seem unusual for a fly to take on a stinging insect, but in nature, anything can happen. Bee Killers are not only bee hunters, they are bee mimics. They are fuzzy with black hair and spots of yellow on the head as well as just above the wings. They buzz in flight so they may be mistaken for a bee by insects and humans alike. They capture honey, carpenter and bumble bees as well as paper wasps. Perched on branches or twigs, the Bee Killer will spot flying prey and attack it in mid-air, grab it with their legs, and kill it. They have been seen hanging around bee hives and wasp nests.

    Dietary habits of the Bee Killer larvae are not known. This species of Bee Killer is not a known pest.

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    Bee Killer

    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Bee Killer
    Scientific Name: Mallorphora leschenaulti
    Other Names: Bee Eater

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Asilidae
           Genus: Mallorphora
            Species: leschenaulti

    Identifying Colors: black, yellow

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; California: New Mexico; Texas; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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