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approx. 3/8 inch long


spotted on magnolia leaf floating on a stream in a semi-wooded area

1 Species ID Suggestions

long-legged flies
Dolichopodidae ssp. Dolichopodidae

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auntnance123 8 years ago

@nexttogone, these flies were quite small, so I don't think robber flies is not likely. The cuprinus group of long-legged flies (mentioned below) is still more likely. Your opinion is welcome.
And Lauren, it appeared to me that they were simply doing "field exercises".

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Were they drinking water or having a pleasure cruise? :)

nexttogone 8 years ago

These look more like a type of robber fly to me.... You may have already checked for this. Great find!

auntnance123 8 years ago

Thanks, ReikoS. I was walking along the stream and noticed the leaf against the black water. Then suddenly the flies landed, like a squadron; quite an interesting event. Appreciate your comments, Aaron and J.

auntnance123 8 years ago

@Small Wonders: I believe you are correct, but with about 200 genera...
The position of the wings and the red eyes are different than most long-legged flies I've seen. The closest I've been able to get is the cuprinus group, Opinion?

Aaron_G 8 years ago

It's like an entire squadron of flies. :-)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Wow! An interesting phenomenon!

RiekoS 8 years ago

Very interesting series.

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 1, 2013
Submitted on Mar 2, 2013

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