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Conopid - Physocephala texana - male

Conopid - Physocephala texana - Male
Peachland, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
August 8, 2008

Moved from Physocephala.

T. texana
It's hard to discern the typical texana pattern of "3 confluent black stripes on the dorsum of the thorax" here (vs. the single medial bar of the sometimes similar looking burgessi). But the yellow spot on the cheek definitely separates this from P. burgessi which consistently has a uniformly dark, reddish cheek.

As you probably know, P. texana and P. burgessi are the common species found in British Columbia. The range of P. marginata is said to extend west to BC and California...but it seems to be a principally eastern species. The farthest west P. furcillata gets is apparently Alberta, and the other 3 nearctic species are strictly eastern.

Nice photo.
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