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Photo#1639874
red fly with raised legs - Saltella sphondylii

red fly with raised legs - Saltella sphondylii
Ludwig Prairie Preserve, Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA
June 18, 2018
Size: ~4 mm
I was really puzzled by this little fly, trying to figure what it might be. Then I remembered watching black scavenger flies move their legs in much the same way as this fly did, and when I looked at Sepsidae, there were some examples in the genus Saltella that were a very close match. Obviously, this fly is not a "black" scavenger fly though, so it may belong somewhere else.

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Saltella sphondylii?
My first impression is Saltella sphondylii. Color is variable.

 
Saltella sphondylii
Yes, that is what I thought too, John. I think this is a female, since I have photos (not as clear as these) of what I thought might be an S. sphondylii male taken at Ludwig Prairie Preserve on 5/31/2018.
Should I post photos of that fly on Bugguide too?

 
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