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Photo#1002484
No idea what kind of fly this is... - Lejops curvipes

No idea what kind of fly this is... - Lejops curvipes
Dulce Lake, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, USA
September 5, 2014
Size: ~15mm
This fly looked unusual to me. Check out the size of the back legs!

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No idea what kind of fly this is... - Lejops curvipes No idea what kind of fly this is... - Lejops curvipes

Moved
Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Moved
Moved from Flies.

Syrphidae
Some Syrphidae have enlarged legs. I don't know why. Adults are not predators, and this looks like one of the species where larvae are not predators either.

 
Such modified legs are mainly
Such modified legs are mainly in the males, and they are used during copula to hold the female (and sometimes hinder the female from flying, so that the males can direct where to fly)...

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