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Photo#45504
fly - Archytas apicifer - female

fly - Archytas apicifer - Female
San Leandro, Alameda County, California, USA
March 14, 2006
Size: 13mm

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Archytas apicifer
I asked the specialists and Jim O'Hara and Monty Wood think it is Archytas apicifer (female). This genus is very common and specimens can be found visiting flowers.
Martin

 
Archytas apicifer
Thanks Martin!

Tach
Extraordinary shots. Unfortunately in California I cannot help you. But in the east I now have a visual key to the genera here:
http://www.hr-rna.com/RNA/Other%20insect%20pages/Tachinid%20key%20pg1.htm

With shots like yours you could almost key it from the photo for an eastern species.

 
key
Thanks for the link to the key -- very interesting to know how important all the bristles are on these tachnids! I was amazed at the bristle patterns on "my" fly so I guess I should not be surprised that the bristles are important in IDing these guys.

I'm going to add a closeup of the antennae -- it looks as if they are a distinctive character of Archytas.

 
Tach
I will change the key link on the genus to your series. Very fine shots. And yes, that kidney shpaed terminal antennae is a character for the genus apparently.

Tachinid
Looks like a Tachinid. They are a diverse family of parasitoids. I don't know anything beyond that.
-Sean McCann


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