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Stilt-legged Fly

Micropezidae

Description:

It's a fly!!! This little critter is approximately, but no longer than, 2.5cm long (from the very front foot to back foot). The chunky part i.e. head, thorax and abdomen (I think) is approximately 1cm long with the head being pink/red, thorax an orangey colour and unsure of the colour of the body. The two wings are transparent and appear to be a long oval in shape, and when folded are overlapped. It has quite long legs, hinged in two places. The two front and two back legs are a yellowy brown and 'fat' as they extend from the thorax and body respectively, the skinnier part is predominantly black with white down closer to the "foot"...on the hinge bit I think. The two side legs are the same yellowy brown extending from the body (looks like the same spot as the rear legs), black skinnier part but lacking the white bit. Any help in identification is much appreciated!

Habitat:

Found sitting on this leaf in a roadside garden.

Notes:

Thank you BiophileB for the identification! Much appreciated :)

1 species ID suggestions

BiophileB
BiophileB 3 years ago
Stilt-legged fly
Micropezidae

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armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 years ago

Would you mind telling me what site/book/reference guide you used for identification please?

Saint Andrew Parish, Dominica

Lat: 15.63, Long: -61.42

Spotted on Jan 9, 2015
Submitted on Feb 12, 2015

Reference

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