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Stiletto fly - Cyclotelus rufiventris - female

Stiletto fly - Cyclotelus rufiventris - Female
Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York, USA
July 6, 2008
Size: est. 1 inch
Found on wild rose at the edge of the 100 ft. bluff overlooking Long Island Sound, which is a sandy area surrounded mainly by white and red oak, wild cherry and hickory. There is also a salt water marsh fed by a fresh water stream nearby.

Cyclotelus rufiventris
This stiletto fly is Cyclotelus rufiventris (Loew) (Therevidae).

Thanks Steve
for the ID. Is this an unusual fly since there aren't other pictures here and it is to large to not see if around?

Moved from Fulvius.
This was a mistake, never meant to send him there.

stiletto fly?
You can see images here.

Thank you Lynette. I was not
Thank you Lynette. I was not able to find a match on the stiletto page. The form looks similar, but I don't see one with an unstriped and mahogany abdomen.
Your Bug Guide images are beautiful.

I couldn't either
hopefully one of the fly experts will give their opinion.

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