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Boatman Fly

Pogonortalis doclea


Black flying insect with red eyes that has a horizontal stripe across them. It moves its wings forward and back while on the leaf (see video).


On a leaf in the backyard. Originated in Australia and was introduced to Cali.


" "Boatman Fly" comes from the way they wave their wings, like oars on a rowboat." - BugGuide. This was shot using my Canon Powershot G12 compact camera on kids & pets mode using manual focus.

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Thank you Leuba!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Fantastic shots Cindy !

Thank you Luis and Aleja!

AlejaPatiño 9 years ago

Nice shots!!

LuisStevens 9 years ago

I like the video.

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Does anyone know the reason why they move their wings like oars? I wasn't able to find a good reference online for this fly.

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thank you for the suggestion, tiberio_graco. I found the ID based on the wing movement.

tiberio_graco 10 years ago

Lonchaeidae Family

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Sep 10, 2011
Submitted on Sep 11, 2011

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