Subject: What is it?
Location: Pinon Hills, CA
June 22, 2017 5:13 pm
Southern California High Desert against the foothills of Mt. High. June 22, 2017 at around 1pm. I have narrowed it down but am confused and cannot find an exact match to what it is. I have attached pics. Please help. If it’s a mosquito it looks horrendous.
At first we thought this must be a Bee Fly, but we believe we have correctly identified it as a Mydas Fly, Rhaphiomidas acton, thanks to images on BugGuide. Of the genus, BugGuide indicates the habitat is: “Sandy habitats in relatively arid locales.” Your individual appears to be a female, and we found this image of a male on FlickR. There is also an amazing image of the emergence from the pupa on BugGuide.