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Small robber fly this one found me... woke up to find her perched on my teacup. I've got a few photos up on BugGuide hoping for a solid ID. I've been doing a bit of searching too, but there are many species... They must be hatching right now. I saw one that I did not get a chance to photograph on Tuesday - and up until this point I have not seen any other than the ones I found earlier in the year down by the Columbia Gorge. Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Small robber fly

this one found me... woke up to find her perched on my teacup. I've got a few photos up on BugGuide hoping for a solid ID. I've been doing a bit of searching too, but there are many species... They must be hatching right now. I saw one that I did not get a chance to photograph on Tuesday - and up until this point I have not seen any other than the ones I found earlier in the year down by the Columbia Gorge.

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  1. Really nice shot! About how long was it? Posted 4 months ago
    1. about 3/4"-1" long and maybe 1/4" wide
      more views
      https://bugguide.net/node/view/1572571

      so far it seems to resemble Machimus the most, but I don't see any photos with leg markings that are quite the same
      https://bugguide.net/node/view/11960
      Posted 4 months ago, modified 4 months ago
  2. I agree about Machimus. But, it is difficult to match it up exactly. Maybe it’s another possibly rare species! Posted 4 months ago
    1. I am hoping the robber fly expert guy comes back and looks - I think that just location could narrow this down quite a bit- I think I saw a reference to there only being 6 species in Oregon (so probably here too), but amazingly I don't think that information has made it to the online world yet. Also it looks like BugGuide doesn't have photos up of all the known species... someone called Machimus a "very broad" genus, but there really don't seem to be that many species on there yet. The info page says 24 species in North America and only 15 are represented, so it could easily be one of the ones that isn't yet shown (or at least positively ID'd - there's a ton of photos in there that have only been placed to the genus level) Posted 4 months ago
      1. It's fascinating how so few are identified to species and also that they are not all represented. You are actively enhancing the species record! So cool. Hope you can get an ID! Posted 4 months ago

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Uploaded Aug 10, 2018. Captured Aug 9, 2018 15:41.
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  • 55mm