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Condylostylus pilicornis?? - Condylostylus occidentalis - male

Condylostylus pilicornis?? - Condylostylus occidentalis - Male
Aromas, San Benito County, California, USA
August 16, 2007
Size: about 4mm
Saw this little SOB (somewhat obstreperous bug) on our corn plants. He was extremely nervous & quick, he would fly off between the time the preflash and flash would go off. I shot about 30 frames & most were either empty or showed him just leaving the frame. I believe he is a Dolichopodid & he matches the brief description of Condylostylus pilicornis in Powell & Hogue, 1979, California Insects.

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Have to lead them ...
I discovered if I focus, then shoot high to the right, I can get them:)

Moved
Moved from Condylostylus. Senior synonym of Condylostylus pilicornis, per Bickel 2002 and latest checklist.

A few possibilities
The most recent key to species I have is Van Duzee 1915. (Robinson 1964 is the most recent; I have no clue where to find it.) Using that key the marked wing and black legs put this in a group of species including Condylostylus pilicornis and two others that are distinguished by relative lengths of segments of fore tarsi and presence or absence of fine hairs on face.

Moved
Moved from Longlegged Flies.

Definitely a long-legged fly.
Nice shot, this. Hope you can get it to species.

Love your SOB reference. Many times these guys are shot hopping in the air, often triggered by flash.

 
Update: I'd move this to Condylostylus
So far, we have zero to species. With all the good photos here, I'd think this post has the most potential for eventual ID to species.

 
Thanks Ron
I've moved them to Condylostylus.

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