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conopid? - Polybiomyia townsendi - male

conopid? - Polybiomyia townsendi - Male
Dripping Springs, Organ Mountains, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA
April 23, 2006
Size: 1/2"-5/8"
A rather effective wasp-mimic. Part of a congregation of insects around mud below a seep; the congregation included wasps very much like this guy.

Moved from Polybiomyia.

Polybiomyia cf. pedicellata
That is a syrphid of the genus Polybiomyia maybe the species pedicellata. They mimik wasps and therefore they look like Conopidae (they are very often confused with Conopidae. Next to the wing veination the eyes in the males are a giveaway: In Conopids the eyes never meet on top of the head, while in males Syrphids (like in thispicture) they meet.
Great picture I have never seen this fly alive!


Cool. I didn't know any syrphids had those elongate antennae!

Patrick Alexander

That is a beautiful conopid!
-Sean McCann

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