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What the? - Poecilognathus

What the? - Poecilognathus
Antelope Island, Davis County, Utah, USA
August 24, 2008
Size: around 3/8 inch
This gray freaky-looking insect landed on my car window ledge and then on the seat of my car, forcing me to squash my body between the insect and the brake handle. It lingered way too long. I thought maybe a deerfly but that didn't fit and now I'm stumped. They don't grow mosquitoes that large here, either. Anyone know what it is?

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What the? - Poecilognathus What the? - Poecilognathus

Has the mouthparts of a Bee Fly
Ron should be able to tell you more.

 
I'd say bee fly, too, but am uncertain.
Maybe Joel or Andy can tell you more. (And the buck passes on!)

(Written a little later) If a bee fly, probably subfamily Toxophorinae - body looks like Geron - or Usiinae. Wings look vaguely familiar, but I don't associate them with bee flies.

 
ID
This is a Bombyliid in the Phthiriinae, probably Poecilognathus.

 
Thanks to all!
Thanks, Andy. And thanks to the others for their input.

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