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- - Apiocera - male

- - Apiocera - Male
Canyonlands National Park, San Juan County, Utah, USA
July 26, 2015
Size: 10-15 mm
Perched on the ground on a hot day in slick rock country.

Moved from Robber Flies.

Could be wrong, but this looks like an Apiocerid?

That would explain why it looked so odd.
Will move it there tentatively for now.

One of my (10,000) favorite genera!!
Alice was correct (as usual :-).

Love these! Unlike robber flies, the adults apparently aren't predators. I just posted one from the Colorado River, seen on the way to out to the AZ rendezvous.


The bulky club-like terminalia here indicates a male. Females have hemisherical abdominal tips, with short, stiff, radiating bristles.

New family for me!
Yours looks quite different from mine, in terms of its markings...

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