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Fly from Hong Kong: Conopidae?
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Posted on 03-05-2013 23:26
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The photo was posted in a forum. The author said it was taken last week.
Could it be a Conopidae species (although it looks like Monoceromyia sp. at first glance)?
chickenold attached the following image:

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Posted on 23-07-2013 10:12
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I'd vote for Ceriana (Monoceromyia), Syrphidae.
While others can't climb, using infinite pains,
I, gravity turning to jest,
Ascend, with all ease, perpendicular planes,
Rough or smooth, just as pleases me best.
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Posted on 23-07-2013 10:53

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What a fly! It really looks like a conopid. Just see those antennae!
ruud van der weele
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Posted on 23-07-2013 14:59
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That is because it is a conopid. Smile

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Posted on 23-07-2013 16:52

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a relief! I began to doubt!!! Grin
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Posted on 27-11-2018 21:43

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Of course, members of the tribe Cerioidini of Syrphidae are often confused with Conopidae. But, with the terminal aristae, this is definitely subfamily Conopinae of Conopidae...from the wing venation; the long, narrow, forward-pointing mouthparts (barely visible sticking out in front of the head); and subtleties in the shape of the frons/face and vertex.

Unfortunately, currently available online resources for identifying Conopinae in the Hong Kong area seem quite limited...and I can't get further than subfamily here right now.

PS: If this were a cerioidine syrphid (which it isn't ;-), the relatively short length of what (falsely) looks like the "antennifer", when compared to the much long subsequent segment (which would be interpreted as the scape...though it's actually the pedicel in this conopid) would place this in either Polybimyia or Sphiximorpha rather than Monoceromyia.
Edited by AaronS on 27-11-2018 21:56
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