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Ceraturgus aurulentus

Ceraturgus aurulentus
Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield County, Virginia, USA
September 11, 2013
Habitat where I photographed it. They fly very low, and their flight is also bee-like, low to the ground and in loops. Not like any other asilid I know. Had me completely fooled! Perch sights were within a foot of the ground in the low vegetation.

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Ceraturgus aurulentus Ceraturgus aurulentus - female Ceraturgus aurulentus - female Ceraturgus aurulentus

Very nice
I must have missed the specimen shot. These things have a yellowjacket look to them already. Nice info.

 
specimen shot
My specimen shots were bad enough that I was reluctant to post them. I returned here three times before I found one again to photograph in their habitat. They do indeed act and look like little yellowjackets.

 
Outstanding!
Oh, amazing you found more after taking a specimen. Great job describing the behavior and habitat as well. I'll have to pay more attention to yellowjackets. Perhaps that is part of the mystery of why these are not noticed very often.

Awesome
Thanks, Paul! This certainly has been the year of Ceraturgus aurulentus on BugGuide! I hope this means we can start to crack open this case and understand this species better. Now I've got something to look for over here in Michigan.
Great microhabitat metadata and behavioral information.
What time of day were you seeing them at?

 
time of observation
I observed them late morning to early afternoon. Mostly sunny, 70's to about 90F.

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