Cyrtopogon sp. - specimen "B"
Soooo.... bear with me a little bit, but this is kind of exciting. Last week I posted up a photo of one of these robber flies. I don't know much at all about them so I went to BugGuide for an ID. I was figuring that "w" mark on the back would make it easy. Little did I know... what came back to me from the experts over there was that there is a good possibility that this species is un-described - but I only had that one photo, which wasn't really enough to start to really make that determination.
So - we decided to go back and see if we could catch one. I can't say I was really expecting to be successful.... turns out they are certainly not locally scarce - we saw a number of them and I captured two. They are now up on BugGuide, with more views for the experts to look over and I will be able to take/send them away to an expert as well.
In these photos the flies are still alive... I'm a little paranoid about losing them or damaging them, so forgive the plastic cup background...
I'll post up here as this project continues!
Cyrtopogon longimanus Loew, 1874 is a Robberfly (Asilidae) known from North America. It is closely related to C. marginalis, also known from the eastern U.S. and Canada, sharing a puffed-up, shiny black scutellum, which lines-up with a series of shiny-black spots along the sides of the thorax with that species.