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Wingless phorid - Aenigmatias - female

Wingless phorid - Aenigmatias - Female
Spring Green Preserve SNA, Sauk County, Wisconsin, USA
July 14, 2000
Size: 1-2mm
Collected in flight-intercept trap (5-14 July 2000) in sandy oak barrens.

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Amazing creature, Jeff !
Just curious: how does a wingless fly, that is associated with ant nests, end up in a flight-intercept trap ?
Was she hitching a ride with someone; an alate ant perhaps ?

carried by a male?
Males are winged. My guess is that it was a mating pair in flight. Either when they hit the plastic sheeting of the FIT or fell into the killing agent they separated. Unfortunately when they separated the male-female species association was lost.

See Dr. J├╝rgen Kapper's site for a pic of male with attached female. Enlarged photo here.

There is a good description of this behavior here.

Sounds like you solved the mystery, Jeff !
Fascinating animal & behavior.

that is really cool looking thanks for uploading it!.

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