Bee Fly  (two photos)
Lordotus striatus

Lordotus striatus pair on Antelope Island
I couldn't believe my luck when these two bee flies came buzzing in already hooked together and ready to
 be photographed. They were firmly "planted" on rabbitbrush on the northwest side of Antelope Island
and couldn't care less that I was taking numerous pictures of their love life.  I had seen these
two species separately many times but had never dreamed such differently-colored
bee flies
could be the same species. They were both gorgeous. © Carol Davis, 9-7-2014

lordotus bee fly
I think this Lordotus species could also be Lordotus striatus, as well, but I can't know for sure. Bugguide
states that bee fly "larvae are mostly external parasitoids of holometabolous, esp. soil-inhabiting, larvae
(Coleoptera, Hymenoptera,
Lepidoptera, Diptera), slowly consuming the host completely without making a
visible wound; a few are
endoparasites, predators (esp. on grasshopper eggs), or kleptoparasites; adults
 take nectar/pollen."  I'm sorry if you were eating while reading this - just burp and carry on as best you can.
This bee fly was in the Valley of Fire in Nevada, not far from St. George, Utah.  © Carol Davis 4-15-2013

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