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Mystery insect – photographed in southern Arizona.

Tonight’s mystery is points-free. Our upcoming Belize workshop (yay!) means the mystery will be on hiatus for part of the month, so I’m not bothering with a points tally until February.

So. Pat yourself on the back if you guess the order. Open yourself a bottle of your favorite beverage if you pick the family. And treat yourself to a week’s vacation somewhere warm if you can identify the genus or species.

***update (1/8/13) And Ben Coulter gets it: this is Trixodes obesus, an enormous tachinid fly.