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Photo#184911
red thick-headed fly - Myopa rubida

red thick-headed fly - Myopa rubida
Port townsend, Jefferson County, Washington, USA
May 24, 2008
This appears to be Myopa rubida, which seems to be the most common of half a dozen species found in British Columbia (Port Townsend borders BC) according to The Diptera Families of British Columbia (http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/library/FIA/2006/FSP_Y062001b.pdf).

Conopid Flies of California (http://essig.berkeley.edu/documents/cis/cis06_2.pdf) has an identification key for Myopa, and describes rubida as having a shiny reddish abdomen with short and sparse black hair and almost no pollen, which matches this specimen. The range map shows a west coast distribution ranging from British Columbia to California.

Harvard University Entomology has photos of a mounted specimen Myopa rubida that resembles this specimen:
http://insects.oeb.harvard.edu/MCZ/FMPro?-DB=Species.fm&-lay=web&-Format=search_results.htm&Genus=Myopa&-Find
None of the six other Myopa species illustrated there match the color.

Images of this individual: tag all
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Nice Photos...Interesting Conopid
Myopa have a distinctive "double-bent" proboscis, and it appears to be inserted in a flower in each of your images! Guess it's feeding on nectar of (what look to be Ceanothus) flowers.

I've read that most conopids are thought to parasitize bees...chasing them and depositing their eggs, in flight, between the bees sclerites. I wonder if this one was just feeding...or maybe also hoping a host bee may show up at those inviting flowers? (Assuming it's a female.)

Moved
Moved from Myopa.

Conopidae
And indeed a species of Myopa.
Greetings

Not an ID but
Please see Myopa

http://bugguide.net/node/view/17279

-and-


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