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Black Fly - Even the wings are black! - Dilophus orbatus - female

Black Fly - Even the wings are black! - Dilophus orbatus - Female
Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, USA
October 29, 2008
I haven't seen one of these in ages. They are a bit larger than a mosquito, with a wider soft body. As a kid I used to swat them out of the air with my hand, and was amused because they were stunned and would take a few seconds to recover and fly off. I am wondering what it is.

Update: I conclude this is a female since male March Flies have much larger eyes, such that the entire head appears more in line with a size one would expect on a fly of this size!

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Black Fly - Even the wings are black! - Dilophus orbatus - female Black Fly - Even the wings are black! - Dilophus orbatus - female

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Thanks, Matthius and John
I find these Nematocera species almost impossible to identify!

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