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bee ? teddy bear fuzzy - Mallophora fautrix

bee ? teddy bear fuzzy - Mallophora fautrix
Highland Haven, Burnet County, Texas, USA
July 24, 2014
Many thanks for your time and help....Denise K.

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bee ? teddy bear fuzzy - Mallophora fautrix bee ? teddy bear fuzzy - Mallophora fautrix

Moved from Robber Flies.

Mallophora fautrix
This is most definitely a Mallophora due to the needle-like stylus. With the completely yellow abdomen and that the locality is in Texas gives us the Mallophora fautrix id.

Thanks Kevin.

Moved from ID Request.

I looked in Laphria at first, but I believe this one is in Mallophora, possibly Mallophora fautrix.

You're right.
I did some looking around, and found that a distinction between Laphria and Mallophora is that Mallophora species have a needle-like style at the apex of the antenna, unlike Laphria species, which don't have this character. While there are Laphria species that look very closely similar to Mallophora fautrix, this image has the style, so is evidently as you have suggested. The close similarity of these two genera is interesting, since they are not that closely related. They are in different subfamilies of Asilidae. The similarity is due to convergent evolution, such as the similarity between Australian marsupial moles and placential moles of the Northern Hemisphere. Out of professional courtesy, and to make sure we haven't missed anything, I thought it best to leave it to the dipterist experts to move these images to the correct place.

Lighter Fur Stripe
Another thing I noticed is that Mallophora have a horizontal lighter colored fur strip at end of thorax, whereas most laphria have a solid color.
There are exceptions, such as L. saffrana, but that one has a distinctive pattern.

I'd be careful
about color characteristics. One has to make allowances for intraspecific variation, and color can be quite plastic - albeit in some taxa more than others. Antennal shape tends to be quite uniform within a given taxon.

Thanks for your input ! I to
Thanks for your input ! I totally agree with your ID...DK

Bee-like Robber Fly
Laphria sp.

I accidentally wrote my comment... Jeff here, then moved it above, under Jeff's comment. Amazing how similar these rather distant cousins look!

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