This Robber Fly looks like a yellowjacket, but it chases after insects, not people, with frightening agility.
Robberflies are aerial hunters. They hang on twigs and branches, waiting for a meal to fly by. Robber Flies are extremely fast and chase down other flying insects. Once caught, the Robber Fly carries the insect in its jaws until it can rest, then it stabs the insect and sucks out its internal fluids. It cannot sting people and rarely finds them more than just an obstacle to go around.
Species of Robber Flies may vary in color and pattern. Laphria saffrana has a hairy 'beard' on its face and a long, tapered abdomen ('tail'). The head and abdomen are covered in bristly yellow hairs and the legs are amber and yellow in color. A black thorax offers contrast to the bright yellow hairs that form an open circle around its edges. Two yellow spots sit in the center of the thorax. This marking sort of resembles a black pumpkin with two yellow eyes in it. Black wings fold over each other when at rest.
Scientific Name: Laphria saffrana
Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 22mm (0.59in to 0.86in)
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