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Hairy Greek > Pycnopogon mixtus
nick upton
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Posted on 07-06-2011 12:50

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Can anyone suggest an ID for this very hairy asilid? Maybe a Laphria sp??

29.5.11 c10mm Hunting behind a beach, Lesbos, Greece.
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Edited by nick upton on 07-06-2011 18:34
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Posted on 07-06-2011 13:28
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Doesn't seem Laphria rather something Pogonish...Smile Eriopogon???


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Posted on 07-06-2011 13:39
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Wow, fantastic species..!!!!! Grin
Sincerely yours
nick upton
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Posted on 07-06-2011 13:45

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Thanks Reinoud. Could be! That seems to be the other really hairy genus, but I can only find pics of Eriopogon laniger and I don't think it's that. Anyone know of any other possibilities? Would be njce to put a name to this hairy beast!

Thanks Sara - it is a bit special and I hadn't seen a robber fly like this one before..
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Eric Fisher
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Posted on 07-06-2011 18:09
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Pycnopogon mixtus (Loew).

Very nice Nick!

Regards, Eric.
nick upton
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Posted on 07-06-2011 18:24

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Many thanks Eric. It's great to get a species ID on this nice fly. I can't find ANY pics of it on the net, but have found its distribution listed as: Iran, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Jordan, Israel, Turkey, Egypt on this link Lesbos is an interesting island (for many kinds of wildlife) as it gets a mix of European and Asian species. I have one other asilid to post, which looks more "typical", but who knows what it may turn out to be! I'll get this Pycnopogon in the gallery in due course.

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