astronomy-to-zoology
astronomy-to-zoology:

Hyperechia nigrita
…is a species of robber fly (Asilidae) that occurs throughout Central Africa. Like other robber flies this species is a mimic of bees, with it sporting a coloration similar to Carpenter bees of the genus Xylocopa. It likely uses this coloration to allow its self to get closer to its prey, which most likely consists mainly of bees and other insects, which are taken in flight.
Classification
Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Diptera-Asilidae-Hyperchia-H. nigrita
Image: Bernhard Jacobi

astronomy-to-zoology:

Hyperechia nigrita

…is a species of robber fly (Asilidae) that occurs throughout Central Africa. Like other robber flies this species is a mimic of bees, with it sporting a coloration similar to Carpenter bees of the genus Xylocopa. It likely uses this coloration to allow its self to get closer to its prey, which most likely consists mainly of bees and other insects, which are taken in flight.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Diptera-Asilidae-Hyperchia-H. nigrita

Image: Bernhard Jacobi

entomolog
entomolog:

Mallophora bomboides is a bumble bee mimic robber fly.  This example was  photographed at Archbold Biological Station; the robber fly was hanging  near a mixed patch of liatris and golden rod.  I did not see this one  make a capture but, having seen others at work, it is amazing how  quickly these ungainly looking insects can launch themselves after prey  insects (primarily pollinators).
(photo/text by NonEntity9 on Flickr)

entomolog:

Mallophora bomboides is a bumble bee mimic robber fly. This example was photographed at Archbold Biological Station; the robber fly was hanging near a mixed patch of liatris and golden rod. I did not see this one make a capture but, having seen others at work, it is amazing how quickly these ungainly looking insects can launch themselves after prey insects (primarily pollinators).

(photo/text by NonEntity9 on Flickr)