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BG646 fly - Hoplitimyia mutabilis - male

BG646 fly - Hoplitimyia mutabilis - Male
Little Bayou Sara at Highland Road, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, USA
October 14, 2005
Size: body length 9 mm.

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Moved from Hoplitimyia.

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Absolutely
Fantastic fly. Wow. I hate to say it but is more impressive than many robbers.

Your shots are good enough, I just took it through my Strat key. Goes straight to the Hoplitimyia/Labostigmina split that is the last couplet. Your antenna looks like Hop. Comment is three species, all western. Don't know the species names. Defining characters are head wider than thorax for Hop. And scutellar spines strong vs. weak or evanescent.

 
Thanks Herschel
We appreciate your kind words and comments.
Martin Hauser lists the three North American species of Hoplitimyia in the comments associated with this photo. Our specimen is a good match for H. mutabilis. There is also mentioned an online key to the three species.
Gayle

 
Frankly
Yours doesn't look like either species pictured. But if the eye rule holds for strats yours is a male. And they may be fairly sexually dimorphic. I don't know. I would love to see one. I have taken some Labostigs but never one of these. With Edward's shot, obviously the Hop genus is not strictly western.