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Physocephala? - Physocephala texana

Physocephala? - Physocephala texana
Hastings NHR, Monterey County, California, USA
May 10, 2015
Size: 3-4cm
This is the best wasp mimic I've ever seen. It was visiting Eriogonum along with other insects.

Classic Physocephala texana
Moved from Conopinae.

Yes, these are wonderful wasp mimics. This is one of the two most commonly encountered species in cismontane CA (the other being P. burgessi).

I was in the Hastings area in the morning two days earlier, right when it rained. Would have liked to have seen one of these :-) There was a lot of Collinsia heterophylla in flower, but not much Eriogonum fasciculatum yet. And the flowers were still soggy, so not many insects out visiting them. Two warm sunny days after the rain is definitely a better window of opportunity!

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