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Chrysanthrax or Hemipenthes? - Hemipenthes lepidota

Chrysanthrax or Hemipenthes? - Hemipenthes lepidota
Alluvial scrub on East bank of wash, ~ 1000 ft., Eaton Canyon Natural Area, Los Angeles County, California, USA
September 13, 2006
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Moved

Moved
Moved from Villini.

ID
I see this guy all over the Southwest. I've always considered it a Hemipenthes. Note the rounded face and onion-shaped flagellum with the long, needle-like style. Chrysanthrax (minus the grab bag flotsam tossed in there) has a more gradually produced flagellar style and a pointy face. Granted, the bold white bands are atypical for the group, but that should make the ID all the easier.

 
Hemipenthes seems like
a good way to go, and thank for your help!

Striking
Very nice fly, specimen, and shooting.

 
Thanks,
but here's something else that'll be of interest to you.
You might recall our discussion about Poecilanthrax willistonii. Here's one that does look like it, A. Calderwood thinks so, too: 1.

 
Odd you should mention this one.
I tried to find it a couple days ago, but couldn't. Now I realize the species ID is gone. However, there do seem to be some P. willistonii at the site; more study is needed.