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ID for Small, Red Robber Fly in CA? - Parataracticus wyliei - male

ID for Small, Red Robber Fly in CA? - Parataracticus wyliei - Male
Webb Canyon, ~2000 ft. elevation, Los Angeles County, California, USA
June 2, 2009
Size: ~5 mm
Would love to get input on this charming asilid that I rescued from the pool last Summer. If more views are needed in order to come up with an ID, please let me know what is required as I do have other shots. Thanks!

Surrounding habitat is chaparral and mixed oak woodland.

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ID for Small, Red Robber Fly in CA? - Parataracticus wyliei - male ID for Small, Red Robber Fly in CA? - Parataracticus wyliei - male ID for Small, Red Robber Fly in CA? - Parataracticus wyliei - male

Moved
Moved from Robber Flies.

Parataracticus wyliei (male):
Parataracticus wyliei (male): congratulations Harsi--a new genus for BugGuide! These little guys are indeed quite charming; they can be found sitting in bare patches of ground in chaparral areas. (In the Dasypogoninae.)

 
What a wonderful surprise...
...thanks, Eric! I'm very pleased to be able to provide some representation for this genus on BugGuide. I just submitted another specimen which looks very similar, but with a few notable differences (see my comments on this post) and I'm very curious to get your input on that one as well.

 
neat!!!
that other one must be his mate
btw, i e-mailed Norm Lavers immediately once i noticed this charmer of yours

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