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Beetle Identification

Beetle Identification
Bridgewater, Somerset County, New Jersey, USA
June 5, 2008
I have been photographing lots of bugs and have had lots of trouble with id via the internet & books. Can you tell me if this is a Black Corsair Beetle?

The Black Corsair is a bug - Heteroptera
not a beetle. It can be seen in the guide here. Your image actually looks to be a fly, but we'll let one of the experts tell you for certain. Whatever it is, it sure is a beauty!

I'd vote for a dark-winged fungus gnat, family Sciaridae, but if so, the size seems grossly exaggerated....All the ones I find commonly seem to be less than a quarter of an inch.

Black Corsair: Not - Dark-Winged Fungus Gnat it is!
Thank you so much for the information! I scour the internet for information every time I phototgraph a new critter and it seems there is a lot of conflicting/ambigous information out there. I really love the "Bug Guide" site and you will certainly be hearing more from me. I knew the head and antenae weren't right for the Black Corsair. I stated the size from memory, so he could have been smaller. Just to be clear, the Dark- Winged Fungus Gnat is actually a fly?
Thanks again!


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