No Common Name Holcocephala abdominalis (Say, 1823)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Diptera   >   Family Asilidae   >   Genus Holcocephala   


This small species and the other members of this genus are inconspicuous until a search image is developed. Afterwards, they are often noted to be quite abundant. H. abdominalis prefers to perch on the tips of stems of vegetation, the ends of dead branches, and similar perches in fields and edge habitats.


Difficult to separate from other species in genus. Please place unidentified Holcocephala photos here.

There are 11 records in the project database.

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A Holcocephala abdominalis in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/26/2018). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)

Holcocephala abdominalis in Washington Co., Maryland (8/23/2013). Photo by Judy Gallagher. (MBP list)

A mating pair of Holcocephala abdominalis in Baltimore City, Maryland (8/6/2007). Determined by Herschel Raney/BugGuide. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

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