North American Biodiversity - Nina Zitani
Powered by SmugMug Log In

Robber Fly Consuming a Japanese Beetle

This robber fly is one of my favourite insects in our biodiversity garden. First, it is a bumble bee mimic. Second, it is a predatory fly, and it's eating a Japanese beetle, a notorious introduced plant pest that feeds on an unusually wide variety of plants -- and always your favourite one! (robber fly: "Laphria" sp., family Asilidae; beetle: "Popillia japonica", family Scarabaeidae").

robber flylaphriaasilidaebumble bee mimicjapanese beetlepopillia japonicascarabaeidaeinsectarthropodbiodiversityontariocanadaunited states of Americanorth america