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March Fly

Dilophus spinipes


Tiny black fly with a dark red thorax. Dark wings with slightly blue/purple iridescence. Males have larger heads than the females. The first picture is a female being swarmed by males (lower center of the photo). Most of them were males. No common name.


Cedar Creek County Park, NY. Feeding on Goldenrod.


I had thought they were a species of mosquito at first because of how small they are. They seem to have a habit of flying in your face for no apparent reason. Thank goodness they don't bite.

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New York, USA

Spotted on Sep 8, 2012
Submitted on Sep 18, 2012

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