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Stilt-legged Fly - Taeniaptera trivittata

Stilt-legged Fly - Taeniaptera trivittata
Hidden Lake Forest Preserve, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
July 1, 2005
Size: 15mm
Anyone who spots this fly will remember its habit of waving its white "mittens" around.
Here is a Quicktime video of this fly in action:
More, larger images at Cirrus Digital

Thanks Patrick
One would think I might have stumbled across the Bugguide directory - it seems I'm the last one to photograph this beast!

Micropezidae, I think. Called "stilt" or "stilt-legged" flies.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina