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Fruit fly

Fruit fly
Alameda County, California, USA
December 29, 2009
Size: ~1/8 in., 3 mm
Found in compost bin. Looks different from most of the fruit flies there: abdomen is lighter-colored with dark transverse stripes.

Moved from Flies--but it doesn't look like any flies already shown for this family.

And it is
different. It's a platypezid, so family Platypezidae!

Near Platypeza
From a little net research it seems the forked M vein and straight wing margin near base of wing put it near Platypeza.

Moved from Vinegar Flies. I don't think this is an acalyptrate fly. See, for example, the forked M vein.

I don't know nothin' 'bout no veins
but if it isn't a fruit fly, that would explain why it looks different.

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