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Wasp-mimic Fly on mint flowers - Physoconops brachyrhynchus - male

Wasp-mimic Fly on mint flowers - Physoconops brachyrhynchus - Male
Beavercreek, Greene County, Ohio, USA
July 24, 2012
Looks like Conopidae, possibly Physoconops or Physocephala?

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Wasp-mimic Fly on mint flowers - Physoconops brachyrhynchus - male Wasp-mimic Fly on mint flowers - Physoconops brachyrhynchus - male Wasp-mimic Fly on mint flowers - Physoconops brachyrhynchus - male Wasp-mimic Fly on mint flowers - Physoconops brachyrhynchus - male

Moved
Moved from Subgenus Pachyconops.

Keys to P. brachyrhynchus in Camras (1955). Salient characters: frons pale laterally, dark medially...especially near base of antennae; cheeks white; 1st posterior cell dark (before pseudo-spurious vein); 1st basal cell hyaline; 2nd & 3rd antennal segments subequal; abdomen mostly dark with yellowish-white pollinose apical bands; pleural pollinose marking not narrowed above.

 
Thank you
for this ID, and all the work you have been doing in Conopinae, Aaron.

 
Your welcome, Tim
I was actually still typing my comment above (with salient key characters) when you posted your comment :-)

I'm finding Physoconops more difficult to confidently ID than Physocephala. I may have to revise some of my ID's as I learn more (e.g. visit the Essig Museum and Cal. Academy to study their specimens). But I'm pretty confident of the ID for your post here...thanks to the many characters displayed in your clear, multiple views.

Thanks for the nice post.

 
And now
I am even more appreciative of your efforts, as I do like to know the reasons for the specific ID.

 
PS: This is a male
Since there's no theca underneath the 5th sternite (males can have a smallish bump there, but the female theca is a more conspicuous protuberance...though comparatively small in brachyrhynchus compared to, say, excisus or bulbirostris. Compare the thecas in the posts below:


Moved
Moved from Physoconops.

Moved
Moved from Conopinae.

Moved
Moved from Thick-headed Flies.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Well:
I agree the family is Conopidae and somewhere near Physoconops.

 
Thank you
for the confirmation Steve.

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