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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.