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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
Beekeeper Houseplants Region: Tennessee
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plantcollector
Aug 22, 2016 3:50 PM CST
Anyone know what bug this is? It looks to be eating a bumblebee. The other day I saw one hauling off one of my honey bees
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Aug 22, 2016 5:36 PM CST
That's one of the Robberflies. Some of them are also known as bee killers. Sighing!
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Aug 22, 2016 5:41 PM CST
I looked around and I think this is the one in your picture.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/25570/bgimage
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
Beekeeper Houseplants Region: Tennessee
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plantcollector
Aug 22, 2016 6:39 PM CST
Thanks.... That's the one.. I also saw one about a week ago carrying around a housefly.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Birds Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Winter Sowing Herbs
Critters Allowed Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
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wildflowers
Aug 23, 2016 7:42 AM CST
You sure were right to call your bug a hunter. They are quite efficient at catching their pray, usually in flight or midair. I've seen them catch horseflies twice their size, and other robberflies. I've also seen them catch grasshoppers and wasps. Anything flying is on the menu for robberflies. For the most part I like having them around, except when they catch bees.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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