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Ceraturgus aurulentus - female

Ceraturgus aurulentus - Female
Pilot Mountain State Park, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
August 27, 2013
Size: 12 mm (est.)
A couple of these attractive, medium-sized flies, were at the moth sheets at the upper parking lot of Pilot Mountain State Park. (We had permission to be there after park closure!) Geo-coordinates:
elevation circa 2,200 feet
I captured one briefly for some shots. It had actually crawled inside the housing of a "bug-zapper" (black light with killing voltage deactivated) and I managed to separate it out from a bunch of moths when the housing was opened--rather a mess.
(Yee-haw! This is quite a rare critter, with just two dozen specimens known since its description about 200 years ago.) Thanks for help on ID, V.
Another specimen found earlier in the evening:

Images of this individual: tag all
Ceraturgus aurulentus - female Ceraturgus aurulentus - female Ceraturgus aurulentus - female

nice record!
You must be thrilled.

Very nice

Moved from Robber Flies.

thanks for the great pleasure, Patrick --wonderful beast, splendid photography

Moved from Flies.

I wasn't even thinking of that family--Doh! Looks like a Ceraturgus, possibly Ceraturgus aurulentus:

I'll look into that one.

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