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Photo#572719
Trichopoda pennipes - male

Trichopoda pennipes - Male
Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station, Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA
September 2, 2011
Size: ~ 8 mm
I followed this fly for a couple of minutes as it moved across the buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum). If this spread-wing behavior was meant for a female, I would have like to see it for photos. Perhaps next time.
See also an earlier photo, possibly of the same individual:

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