Miniature versions of more robust types, Bee-like Robber Flies are small aerial hunters that hide under leaves until it is time to strike.
Small, sleek, and black, Bee-like Robber Flies look a lot like wasps or bees. They are adept in flight and are only a threat to the insects they eat. Because they are actually flies, they do not sting. Many species in this particular genus look very similar to each other, so differentiating them on sight may be impossible. All have hairy 'beards' on their face. Adults attack other flying insects in the air and eat them. Larvae feast on softer invertebrates on the ground like grubs and caterpillars.
This type of Bee-like Robber Fly is always near tree cover, so look at forest edges for them. They may perch on branches, and on or under leaves while waiting for a meal to pass by. They are small but fast, and a wonder to watch.
Scientific Name: Laphria spp.
Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 7mm to 16mm (0.27in to 0.62in)
Colors: black, white, yellow
Descriptors: shiny black, white dot, yellow dot under wing, flying, loud, buzzing, bee mimic
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