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Gnat ogre

Holcocephala sp.


Very small (sitting on a blade of grass), widely-spaced eyes, yellow thorax with dark spots, black wings.




A caveat: I'm not completely sure that this is indeed a gnat ogre. However, it's the closest match I've been able to find yet, and the size and time of the year matches them. However, assuming that this is indeed a gnat ogre, here's some info! Gnat ogres are tiny robber flies, in the family Asilidae, and feed on small prey (such as gnats). They're active during June and July, can be found in fields and around forest edges, and are inhabit eastern North America. There are three species in the genus.

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Beavercreek, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Jul 8, 2011
Submitted on Aug 7, 2011

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