Bee-like Robber Fly
Laphria fernaldi

bee-like robber fly
I'm getting pretty good at spotting Robber Flies and I knew instantly this quick-flying predator was one and
I was very happy to discover it was a Laphria fernaldi - and it had just captured a little wasp.  It's bee-like
appearance makes this Robber Fly stand out, since most Robbers are just plain gray. This makes the third
county in Utah in which I've found them, so far.
Summit County was the robber's home - right next to
the Mirror Lake Highway.  You can see the others here and here.  © Carol Davis 7-27-2017

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