Bumblebee-Mimic Robber Fly
Laphria thoracica

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2006 Photograph, Bumblebee-Mimic Robber Fly (Laphria thoracica, Order Diptera) , Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, Virginia, © 2014.
There are several species of Robber Flies that mimic bumblebees; kind of a wolf in bee's clothing.  Unsuspecting insects ignore the "harmless" bee and then get pounced on.  There may be some Mullerian-type Mimicry benefits to the Robber Fly in resembling a bumblebee, but the advantages of looking harmless to other insects is probably more important.
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