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Bee Flies - Ligyra cerberus

Bee Flies - Ligyra cerberus
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
May 10, 2008

This appears to be L. cerberus. This species is currently only recorded from islands in the Carribean (including the Bahamas). It's possible this species has been collected before in Florida and the records are simply unpublished, but if not this could be a recent arrival from the islands.

Moved from Ligyra.

Very cool. that would be gre
Very cool. that would be great if this is one of the first photos of the species in the US.

Moved from Bee Flies.

Ligyra sp.

According to th
According to there are only two species. Now I realize that this could be a tropical species. Any thoughts?

Ligyra Newman 1841

Ligyra gazophylax Loew 1869 (Exoprosopa)
Ligyra pilatei Macquart 1846 (Exoprosopa)

Awesome photo!
And a very interesting species!
As it is neither Ligyra gazophylax nor Ligyra pilatei.
Ligyra gazophylax has been recorded from California, Arizona, and mainland Central America.
Ligyra pilatei has only been recorded from Arizona and Mexico.

It is likely a first record of another Ligyra species from Central America.
A prime candidate is Ligyra cerberus, as it has been recorded in the Bahamas.

Are we sure it is not a specimen from another genus, like Exoprosopa ignifera?

Interesting Emile...curious i
Interesting Emile...curious if anyone else is familiar with this genus?

Which Fly
I am not very familiar with Ligyra. I do not know L. pilatei. I have seen flies in Mexico similar to this one. It could be a species placed as neotropical in the lists or it could be novel.
P. S. -Stunning shot!

Thanks Andy.
Thanks Andy.

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