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Mallophora leschenaulti AKA Black Bee Killer
This large, impressive, mostly black robber fly is known as Mallophora leschenaulti. The species is sometimes called Black Bee Killer. The individual in the top 4 images shown here was in Gonzales, Gonzales Co., Texas, in August, 2008. These images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The Mallophora leschenaulti shown here has caught a paper wasp and is feeding on it. This shot was taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in August, 2009, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The next 2 shots were taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in September, 2010 and show this species with another paper wasp as a prey item. These 2 shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The Mallophora leschenaulti on the right was in Gonzales Co., Texas in August, 2011.
The Mallophora leschenaulti on the right was near the edge of Lometa Reservoir, Lampasas Co., Texas, in September, 2011. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
Mallophora leschenaulti
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
8 August 2014
Mallophora leschenaulti
Pedernales River Nature Park,
Johnson City,
Blanco Co., Texas
23 August 2014
Mallophora leschenaulti
pair
Pedernales River Nature Park,
Johnson City,
Blanco Co., Texas
23 August 2014
Mallophora leschenaulti
with Polistes species wasp as prey
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
9 September 2014
Mallophora leschenaulti
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
14 October 2014