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Cerotainiops sp. - Cerotainiops abdominalis - female

Cerotainiops sp. - Cerotainiops abdominalis - Female
Wilcox Playa, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
July 22, 2013
Size: ~1cm
Photographed en route to the Bugguide gathering; Aaron Schusteff and I took the long way there :o) Fullsize:

Moved from Robber Flies.

Cerotainiops abdominalis fema
Cerotainiops abdominalis female. These robber flies are one of a few species known to specialize on ants as prey--probably a Pogonomyrmex harvester ant (they perch at the edges of the cleared areas that surround harvester ant nests, and pick-off individual ants). Beautiful photo--especially at full size!

Thanks for the ID
She was in an opening associated with a harvester ant nest.

Impressive shot
And impressive that all four shots of this species in bugguide are individuals feeding on ants.

Moved from ID Request.

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