Three more photographs from my trip to Oregon, for those who like robber flies. I just love these beasties.
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Two rather large (almost 2″) robber flies mating on rabbitbrush in Madras, Oregon. Male has a longhorn beetle (perhaps Crossidius hirtipes?) as a nuptial gift. I don’t know the species, unfortunately.
In my years looking closely at mantids eating other insects, I’ve never seen flies getting in on the action like a wake of vultures. In other frames (not shown), flies are crawling all over the mantid’s eyes. I don’t think I’d be that tolerant.
Saw this fly ovipositing onto a recently toppled tree, in Clayton Park, New Jersey. Pretty sure it’s Milesia virginiensis (Diptera), the yellowjacket hover fly. It was large enough, though, to gave me pause for a few seconds. Syrphids I’m familiar with are much smaller, and never really register as wasps. A rather convincing mimic.
A morning glory plume moth (Emmalina monodactyla; Pterophoridae), I think. No doubt reared on the field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) that tends to be the focal point of my garden each year.