One of Norm's prize findings in the state. Virtually a whole new tribe of robbers for us. This is Nicocles pictus. It is one of the few species in this genus known in the east. Known from AL, FL, GA, VA -- it was not known from west of the Mississippi river as far as we knew. Now known from Village Creek State Park here and several counties on Crowley's Ridge. Extremely early emergents, Norm has found them as early as Feb 28, 2006. He broke his own record in Feb of 2007 and found them on the 21st. In 2005 he had them in March. Two other species, N. politus (East coastal NY to FL) and N. engelhardti (SC NC FL) may also occur since they are known from the east. Nicocles reinhardi is known from TX. The ten other species in the genus are western.

Not easily seen above but it is one of the few robbers with dark markings on the wings in a pattern. Note the specimen female below. Twig perchers as you can see. Males have intense reflective silver on the last abdominal segments in this species.

This is Nicocles politus the other widespread eastern species. This is a shot from the northeast from Mike Thomas. Tibia appear more reddish to me. And the thorax looks more polished.

One of Bob's NM finds. In the same tribe with Nicocles. This is Hodophylax aridus. Occurs in TX as well. And there are four species in the genus, all found in the SW. Note the antennal shape. The blunt abdomen. Another of the species with no pulvilli, like Ablautus (in the Cyrtopogonini) and Omninablautus and Parataracticus (in the Dasypogonini).

Tops shot of same species. The other genera in this tribe, Isopogonini, are the large southwestern Cophura genus, as well as Comantella, Omninablautus and Nicocles. Cophura has 30+ species in the west, southwest and CA. Three are NW species and about three make it into OK.