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Robber fly - Hodophylax aridus - female

Robber fly - Hodophylax aridus - Female
NW corner of Drennan Rd. and Meridian Rd. intersection, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
September 4, 2014
Size: ~8 mm
Habitat is vast shortgrass prairie and rangeland with grasses, yucca, prickly-pear cacti, sunflowers, Russian Thistle, and other weeds. Fly was hugging the ground as shown in the image.

splendid; thanks, Erics
Moved from Robber Flies.

Hodophylax aridus female; nic
Hodophylax aridus female; nice shot Eric!

an Ablautus species. Unusual. Only one species in CO in that genus however.

That's what I thought, but....
What about Omniablautus? I have another image here of what was identified as Ablautus that is at least slightly smaller and much less stockier. That older one came from similar habitat here in Colorado Springs.

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