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Phoridae? - Aenigmatias eurynotus - male

Phoridae? - Aenigmatias eurynotus - Male
Harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
July 25, 2008
Size: about 2.5mm

Brian, thank you for sharing your expertise with us here at bugguide. It's great to get more of these flies identified to species.

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Aenigmatias, male (MA)
Wow, this slick fly is a species of Aenigmatias, which parasitize pupae of ants (especially Formica). This is a male (females are wingless). First live shot of this genus on Bugguide. Nice find!!!

Quite a difference between sexes
They look totally different! I'm still looking for flies, but it's hard to find ones that I don't think I recognize.
Thanks for the help again Matthias.

with the shiny scutellum, this looks like Aenigmatias eurynotus to me.