CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Florida Bee Killer Robberfly (Mallophora bomboides)

Bee Mimic; diptera; predatory.  The larval stage of this insect’s lifecycle lives in the soil and are predatory on some pest soil dwellers such has grubs.

Although robber flies are predators, they are sometimes prey for other animals, including spiders, birds, and larger predatory insects like assassin bugs, praying mantids, and even other robber flies. Moles and underground arthropod predators, such as centipedes and ground beetle larvae sometimes eat them. (source:

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Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

My take:
Killer on the Loose

Take Two:

I Was Robbed!



CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Thick-headed Fly (Physoconops sp.)

New to my buggy life list.

larvae of all conopids are internal parasites, most of Hymenoptera (source: Wikipedia)

Superfamily Sciomyzoidea
Family Conopidae – Thick-headed Flies
Subfamily Conopinae


A Checklist of the Conopididae of Florida lists 8 species.

Shown on non-native buttonweed.

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Stiletto Fly (Penniverpa sp. possibly festina)

Order Diptera – Flies
No Taxon Orthorrhapha
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family Therevidae – Stiletto Flies
Subfamily Therevinae

Adults are nectar feeders, while the larvae are voracious predators of soil arthropods


Shown on Florida Native Plant GROUNDSEL TREE; SEA MYRTLE (Baccharis halimifolia), a.k.a. Saltbush


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Tachinid fly (Archytas sp. possibly rufiventris)

Beneficial: Parasitic Fly. control of pest caterpillar (think armyworm and cutworm!) which they use as food for their developing larva.

Performs some pollination as adults take nectar.

Tachinids are parasitoids of other insects, but the most common hosts are caterpillars.
Owlet Moths (Noctuidae) » Cutworm or Dart Moths (Noctuinae) and armyworms are known hosts per Taxonomic and Host Catalogue of the Tachinidae of America North of Mexico


Family Tachinidae – Parasitic Flies
Subfamily Tachininae
Tribe Tachinini

Shown on a False Buttonweed (Spermacoce sp. probably verticillata) which is not native to Florida.


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Yellow Fly of the Dismal Swamp (Diachlorus ferrugatus)

Females BITE!

Natural repellent tip:  stripped off some fresh bayberry leaves and rubbed them on your extremities.

Order: Diptera. Subfamily Tabaninae – Horse Flies

I take exception to the common name chosen by Bugguide. My swamp is HARDLY dismal LOL