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Species Pseudonomoneura hirta

Robber Fly, Styled as Road Agent  (Uh, Actually a Mydas Fly.) - Pseudonomoneura hirta - male Mydas Fly - Pseudonomoneura hirta - female Mydid Resting on the Sand - Pseudonomoneura hirta - male Mydas fly on buckwheat - Pseudonomoneura hirta - female Mydas fly encore - Pseudonomoneura hirta - male Mydid Fly - Pseudonomoneura hirta - male Unidentified fly - Pseudonomoneura hirta - male High elevation Southern Sierra mydid record - Pseudonomoneura hirta - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family Mydidae (Mydas Flies)
Subfamily Leptomydinae
Genus Pseudonomoneura
Species hirta (Pseudonomoneura hirta)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leptomydas hirta Coquillett 1904
Leptomydas concinnus Coquillett 1904
Nomoneura hirta Hardy 1950
A variable species usually distinguished from other Southwestern Pseudonomoneura by the combination of long proboscis (extending about to the club of the antenna), abdomen with some black (not all red) and with yellow hair, and legs mostly reddish (at least the tibiae, tarsi, and apices of hind femora). The antennal club varies from black to reddish according to Hardy (1950)... the key in Fitzgerald & Kondratieff (1995) indicates the 2nd flagellomere is tinged with red or yellow, though it's not clear whether this is always the case.
Southern California and Baja California
See Also
"This species is very similar in general habitus to the sympatric Neomydas pantherinus" (Fitzgerald and Kondratieff 1995)
Print References
Coquillett, D. W. 1904. In Baker. C. F., "Reports on Californian and Nevadan Diptera. I. Invertebrata Pacifica", pg. 39 (Read online at BHL)
Fitzgerald, S.J., and B.C. Kondratieff. 1995. A Review of the Mydid Genus Pseudonomoneura Bequaert (Diptera: Mydidae), with the Description of Two New Species. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 97(1): 22-34. (Full text)
Hardy, D.E. 1950. The Nearctic Nomoneura and Nemomydas (Diptera:Mydaidae). Wasmann Journal of Biology 8: 9-37.
James, M. T. 1938. Notes on some North American Mydaidae (Diptera). Entomological News, 49:63-64. (Read online a BHL)
Internet References
Type images of P. hirta from the USNM (Smithsonian)
Type images of P. concinnus from the USNM (Smithsonian)