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Oso Flaco mini-robber - Lasiopogon littoris

Oso Flaco mini-robber - Lasiopogon littoris
Oso Flaco Lake, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
April 12, 2015
Alice Abela had told me that if I went to a certain spot at Oso Flaco Lake, I might see an interesting small asilid. I did go there and I found this. (Though it may be different than the one Alice had in mind...since I think she had said it had males with interesting tufts of hair on the front legs...which I don't see here.)

Seems to be feeding on a red mite, which gives an indication of the small size of the robber-fly here.

Images of this individual: tag all
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Moved
Moved from Robber Flies.

Lasiopogon littoris
This is Lasiopogon littoris, alas, I think it's too late now for Ablautus spp. this year :o(

 
Thanks, Alice
I'll move this now. Too bad I missed the Ablautus, but these were beauties too.

 
Ablautus
Apparently Ablautus schlingeri is flying now (June) and I wasn't thinking nearly small enough! They're less than half the size of the L. littoris. Compare relative size of the sand grains in .

 
Thanks for the update Alice
Nice photo. At half the size of the robber in my post at top (which is feeding on a mite) those Ablautus must have very small prey!

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