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30 June 2009

Mystery solved

KellyRae was first to guess a bumblebee mimic and Jena narrowed it down. It is, indeed, a robber fly. I'm thinking it's a Southern Bee Killer, Mallophora orcina. According to Entomology Circular No. 366, 1994, honeybees make up 80% or more of its diet.

Knowing this puts me in a dilemna. I find myself kinda wanting to mash the next one I see, but I reckon I won't be able to bring myself to do that. After all, he's just doing what comes naturally. And if the honeybees weren't in such dire straits, I'd not give it a second thought. Maybe I should take a poll. Should I swat or live and let live?

8 comments:

Floridacracker said...

Well, of course! I forgot about those.

Don't swat him. I doubt if his lifespan is long enough to do much damage to even a stressed honey bee pop.

KellyRae said...

What a cool robber fly! I agree with FC, live and let live. :)

SophieMae said...

FC, that's just what I was thinking... how many could he eat?

KellyRae, they are pretty cool critters, aren't they?

Island Rider said...

I say, squash the people who's poor choices have endangered the honeybee!

Aunty Belle said...

Huh? Wow--never knowed of this critter--amazin'!

(An' Sophie Mae, thanky so so much fer you an Duller's dear prayers--Granny is makin' good progress!! Why, she even be's a mite feisty these days.)

henry said...

why not add Margorie Kennan Rawlings books on Cross Creek and Cross Creek Cookery?

Cross Creek is a few miles south of Gainesville

henry wildfire

Saili said...

Hmmm, that was interesting. Looks like somethings will always remain mystery.

I myself has been trying to solve the mystery of the legend that forces you to have "earn it before

having it", for a wile now. Could not understand much though.

Let me know in case you get to understand the mystery of the Old Hound and the Legend

By the way, good writing style. I'd love to read more on similar topics

Shalini said...

Man, I followed that the dark truth link, and was completely in the story. Damn exciting. The latest post talks about a friend of him who's gone missing . Somewhere on his way to Leh, India. And the guy is asking for help find it. Soundss like an online game . This looks interesting. M already hooked on.

Hey, btw, nice post you have there - keep rocking - ;)