Hanging Thief from Canada

Subject:  Insectes à identifier
Geographic location of the bug:  Varennes,Québec,Canada
Date: 08/08/2021
Time: 07:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Bonjour, j’aimerais identifier cet insecte qui est dans mon gazon.
How you want your letter signed:  Louise

Translation: Hello, I would like to identify this insect that is in my lawn.

Hanging Thief

Dear Louise,
This is a predatory Robber Fly in the genus Diogmites, whose members are called Hanging Thieves.  Normally we do not attempt species identifications on Hanging Thieves, but your individual has a more robust body and some distinctive markings, and be believe based on this BugGuide image that it is
Diogmites basalis.


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