Monday Night Mystery: an Entomological Abstract

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Tonight’s challenge, which I photographed right here in Illinois, is a straight-up identification.

What is it?

I will award points to the first person to correctly guess the family (4 pts) and the species (6 pts). I’ll also throw in bonus points for labeling the veins, at 1 point per vein.

The cumulative points winner for the month of November will win their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my insect photography galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.

Good luck!

16 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery: an Entomological Abstract”

      1. And the only insect I’ve seen in the last week around here is the preying mantis I ran into today, though I didn’t take advantage of the warm weekend, either.

  1. Bombyliidae: Xenox tigrinus

    Longitudinal veins from the top right are R1 in extreme corner, R2+3, R4+5 (Rs before R2+3 splits off at left and splitting into R4 and R5 at right), M1, M2, and CuA1. Crossveins are r-m at top left and dm-cu closing cell dm.

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