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Peacock Fly

Callopistromyia annulipes


Very small grey and black speckled fly that uses its wings to attract a mate by propping them vertically and waving them back and forth.


Woodland habitat on a metal bridge.


This amazing fly was taken at the same time as my hiking partner, Stephanie R. this past summer. Here photos were so good, I didn't even bother to post mine:) Please check hers out at: There were several individuals on the warm metal cross pieces of a bridge crossing a creek. Watching them signal was a fantastic experience. This year, I really need to get it on video.

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beaker98 4 years ago

Thanks Mark! I've only seen this species twice, so hope to get another chance to photograph them again.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Brilliant series Bill.

beaker98 4 years ago

Thank you Polilla!

beaker98 4 years ago

Caleb, thank you very much! I'm really glad that I started paying more attention to flies last year. I am amazed at the things I am finding, such as this one.

CalebSteindel 4 years ago

Wonderful series, Bill! I love peacock flies and you did an excellent job of photographing them!

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Davenport, Iowa, USA

Spotted on Jul 23, 2015
Submitted on Jan 28, 2016

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