Robber Fly
Genus Cyrtopogon

robber fly
I thought this might be a Robber Fly but I'd not seen one like it before and because the wings were in an outstretched
position, instead of alongside the body, it made me doubt my initial identification.  Most of the robber flies I've seen
hold  their wings at rest next to the abdomen.  The all black coloring of this insect with the hair tufts on the abdomen
segments make it unique (at least to me).  I thought it was beautiful as it lay in the flowers at Strawberry
 Reservoir, Wasatch County, Utah.  © Carol Davis, 7-23-2011

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