species, about 5-6 mm long. This returned to the same perch on a bit of broken-off vine in my garden for at least half an hour, allowing me to take several shots. I saw it with several tiny prey items, some of which appeared to be thrips. Species-level identification is not easy in this group, though Asilid-expert Herschel Raney
tells us there are only four members of this genus in the eastern United States. This fly can be recognized at the generic level by the tiny size, stem-perching habit, flat face, and swollen hind tibiae (Key to the Asilid Genera of the Eastern U.S
). Slightly different crop with background noise reduced and foreground sharpened a bit--uploaded 6/8/13.