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Robber Fly - Heteropogon spatulatus - female

Robber Fly - Heteropogon spatulatus - Female
Texas Canyon, Dragoon, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
August 20, 2008
Size: Medium
I spotted this one near the pond on the grounds where I work in a very rural area about 4,600 elevation about 16 miles east of Benson, Ariz.
Couldn't get a better shot of it.

Moved from Heteropogon.

Moved from Robber Flies.

Lovely shot
Appears to be in the Heteropogon genus. Large genus there. We can eliminate duncani and patruelis from other shots here. Dr. Fisher may know it but these can be tough from photos.

And yes, this is in the family Asilidae, Robber flies. There is not a Hanging thief family. The Hanging thieves are in the subfamily Dasypogoninae however. This gal is in a different subfamily.

Thank you Herschel.

Heteropogon spatulatus female
Heteropogon spatulatus female; one of the few Heteropogon with a mostly pale colored abdomen.

Heteropogon spatulatus female
Thank you for the ID Eric. Much appreciated.

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