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Mating pair of Apiocera haruspex atrifasciata? - Apiocera - male - female

Mating pair of Apiocera haruspex atrifasciata? - Apiocera - Male Female
Twin Pines Rd, San Bernardino National Forest, Banning, Riverside County, California, USA
June 14, 2015
These landed on my hat and tolerated my taking it off and putting down for a picture...! From the same location and photographed about 20 min before the feeding female I submitted separately

Wow, Paul...lucky you!!
I love "apios", and am happy to have found them in the field a few times. But each time I only saw one, and they were quite wary. So I'd be absolutely enchanted if I were to encounter something like you experienced here! :-)

As you may know, apiocerids are difficult to ID without a view of structures under the two large claspers in the male. Finding a mating pair like yours...especially such a cooperative one...may provide one of the few opportunities to see and photodocument some of the diagnostic characters of the male terminalia without having to capture and dispatch a specimen (which I'm loath to do with things I like as much as apios!).

BTW, I'm wondering what prompted you to suggest A. haruspex atrifasciata here?

[PS: I'd like to extend you a warm, if somewhat tardy, Welcome to BugGuide! You've contributed a number of very good posts of Apioceridae...of which I'm much appreciative. I hadn't noticed them until today, and will try to revisit them when I get a chance...and work on ID's (as best I can with this difficult group). Hope to see further posts from you on BugGuide.]

that the male terminus seems to divide in half to allow the female attachment, completely odd compared to robbers.

Moved from ID Request.

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