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GIANT bee-eating bee? (ID)

 
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Sep 20, 2009 12:10 |  #1

In my garden yesterday, I took of a picture of this (central Texas). It was about 2" long, and looked like a hummingbird when it flew around. It appeared to be eating or mating with a much smaller bee, which was still large in its own right.

Anyone have a clue of what it is?


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Sep 20, 2009 12:15 |  #2

Looks like you caught a Robber fly that caught a Bumble bee.

You may find this interesting, too: http://sherylsmithrodg​ers.blogspot.com/2009/​08/robber-fly.html (external link) as it appears to be your specimen here, too.


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Sep 20, 2009 12:18 as a reply to  @ Naturalist's post |  #3

Wow - a fly that is 2" long? I'm not liking that too much. But great capture!


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Sep 20, 2009 12:38 |  #4

definitely not mating! Great capture.


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Sep 20, 2009 14:39 |  #5

Lovely capture- yes a robber fly- I think Laphria species.
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Sep 20, 2009 17:15 |  #6

Cool capture!


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Sep 20, 2009 17:23 |  #7

Great shot


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