Thread subject: :: Asilidae (southwestern France) identified (Choerades & Asilus) (thread 1 of 2)

Posted by Steve O on 28-08-2014 10:17

This 'very large' (for me) species, ~25mm TL, was snapped in a coastal sandy environment by a small 'lake' (more swamp like) surrounded by a pine plantation; the precise locals being 'Reserve naturelle de l'Etang Cosseau, Aquitaine, France' on 18 (male) and 24 (female) August '14. I would have thought it relatively easy to identify, given its size, but I have since learned that there is no such thing as an easily identified asilid.

I assume all three are conspecific (male and female), but if not then they are certainly broadly sympatric.

Any assistance with an identification would be appreciated (thread '2 of 2' presents a second species).

(Ed. I have since learned all three are male, and that two species are involved, in separate subfamilies)

Edited by Steve O on 28-08-2014 19:24