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Species Euhybus strumaticus

Fly - Euhybus strumaticus - male Fly - Euhybus strumaticus - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Empidoidea
Family Hybotidae (Hybotid Dance Flies)
Subfamily Hybotinae
Genus Euhybus
Species strumaticus (Euhybus strumaticus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Euhybus strumaticus Melander, 1927
Original description (Melander 1927): (1)
"Euhybea strumaticus, nov. sp. — Male. Length 3 mm. Black, without metallic tinge, anterior tibiae and hind knees brown, basal two joints of the tarsi yellow; hind femora with a row of strong spine-tipped tubercles: wings hyaline. Third joint of the antennae bluntly oval, two and one-half times as long as broad and one-third as long as the arista. Hairs of the notum moderately abundant, long, yellow, scutellum with two bristles and a few small hairs. Upper valve of the pygidium longer than wide, continued as a long broad process which furcates and straddles the terminal valve, the terminal valve tipped with a fringe of curled yellow hairs, right side of the lower valve bearing a long process which is broader at the middle and is fringed posteriorly with long curled yellow hairs. Middle tibiae with about five moderate extensor bristles and a long apical yellow bristle within, anterior tarsi with long yellow flexor bristle toward the base, and an apical brown extensor bristle, hind trochanters with thorn-like spine, hind femora very robust and spinose beneath, the spines growing from small tubercles which are stronger along the apical third, seven of those of the inner flexor edge grouped on a swelling and bearing very robust but short spines, this cluster corresponding to about the middle third of the tibia which is excavated and sharply margined. Halteres black. Wings hyaline or with very faint uniform brown tinge, stigma very weak but filling out the marginal cell, costal cell narrow and straight in front.

Female. The females supposedly of this species have the abdomen ending in a curious ovipositor and lack the heavy armature of the legs. The eighth segment is elongate, bearing near the middle on each side a strong backward-projecting spur, before which the segment is depressed and trapezoidal and beyond which the segment becomes more or less tubular.

Tjrpe : Plummer's Island, Maryland, R. C. Shannon, collector, in the U. S. National Museum. Paratypes from South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas."
Maryland to Texas & Georgia. (2)
Works Cited
1.Genera Insectorum 185
A. L. Melander. 1928. P. Wytsman.
2.A Catalog of the Diptera of America North of Mexico
Alan Stone, et al. 1965. United States Department of Agriculture.