Natural History Photographs

Laphria flava
Authority:(Linnaeus, 1761)
Nederlands:Gele hommelroofvlieg
English:bumblebee robberfly
Deutsch:Gelbe Mordfliege, Gelbe Raubfliege
Dagro (Tessin), Switzerland; 17 - 21 July 2007.
Males launch themselves from their perch - here the pile
of logs - to pursue prey insects - here a parasitic wasp.
Dagro (Tessin), Switzerland; 26 July 2007.
Two females were simultaneously ovipositing in the big tree stump shown in the photographs below.
They oviposited in small holes in the wood, in the bark, as well as between bark and wood.