Long-tailed Dance Fly Rhamphomyia longicauda Loew, 1861  

Description:

"Adult: all black except for red or orange eyes, light-colored underside and coxae, and orangish inflatable abdominal sacs in female; head relatively small with slender beak slightly longer than head; antennae slightly longer than head, diverging at base into a curving V shape; female midlegs and hindlegs with long stiff scale-like hairs forming a fringe; male legs bare; male eyes meet at midline, whereas female eyes do not meet" (BugGuide).

Relationships:

"Larvae and adult males prey on small insects; adult females do not hunt - they only eat prey items brought to them by males" (BugGuide).

There are 5 records in the project database.

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A female Long-tailed Dance Fly in Baltimore Co., Maryland (5/31/2017). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Richard Crook. (MBP list)

A male Long-tailed Dance Fly in Baltimore City, Maryland (5/26/2007). Determined by Isaac Winkler/BugGuide. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A female Long-tailed Dance Fly in Baltimore City Co., Maryland (5/26/2007). Determined by Isaac Winkler/BugGuide. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A female Long-tailed Dance Fly in Baltimore Co., Maryland (6/9/2017). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Emily Stanley. (MBP list)

A female Long-tailed Dance Fly in Frederick Co., Maryland (5/28/2017). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A female Long-tailed Dance Fly in Baltimore Co., Maryland (6/9/2017). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Emily Stanley. (MBP list)


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