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a darker robber - Andrenosoma xanthocnemum - male

a darker robber - Andrenosoma xanthocnemum - Male
World Birding Center at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
June 10, 2008
This robber was less cooperative, only let me get a couple of photos from the side, no dorsal or frontal views. But pretty distinct from most of the other robbers I've photographed; have seen many with the red tip to the abdomen but most not so dark-bodied.

Moved from Andrenosoma igneum.

Correction: is Andrenosoma xa
Correction: is Andrenosoma xanthocnemum (not igneum)! Reddish color of face and thorax, plus stronger, shorter macrosetae of mystax, indicate correct ID is A. xanthocnemum! (Dorsal shot would show strong black spots on thorax & wings.)

Moved from Laphriinae. Thanks Eric! If you get a chance, I have posted two others recently, one of which Herschel has pegged as this genus but is not committing to a species. The other is a female, possibly of this species or something close. (as well as a few other Asiline robbers....)

Andrenosoma igneum, a male. Y
Andrenosoma igneum, a male. You have submitted other photos of this fly from the World Birding Center; nice shot.

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