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Photo#708008
Black bug, orange head - Inopus rubriceps - female

Black bug, orange head - Inopus rubriceps - Female
Alameda County, California, USA
September 25, 2012
Size: 7.5 mm to wingtips
Found resting on potting bench, morning.

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Black bug, orange head - Inopus rubriceps - female Black bug, orange head - Inopus rubriceps - female

Moved
Moved from ID Request. Marked as female on the basis of distance between eyes. Later, I learned that one doesn't even need to look that closely. In this species, males have black heads; females have orange heads.

Stratiomyidae: Inopus rubriceps
Stratiomyidae: Inopus rubriceps. This species was introduced from Australia to California around 1948

Imported soldier fly?
Resembles the immigrant Inopus rubriceps.

wow. intriguing...

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