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Photo#244896
Hybotid Dance Fly - Platypalpus

Hybotid Dance Fly - Platypalpus
Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York, USA
July 20, 2008
Smallish calm fly with large ?tibia?, new one for me.

Found in the vegetable garden.

With large mid-femora
This is a member of genus Platypalpus, subfamily Tachydromiinae, family Hybotidae (formerly included in Empididae).

 
Thanks Richard
Could this be Platypalpus agilis as shown on Diptera.info here:

http://www.diptera.info/photogallery.php?photo_id=1535

It looks like it might be a match. I did not have any luck finding if P.agilis occurs here?

 
Platypalpus
P. agilis is a European species. Platypalpus is a very large genus (Nomina Nearctica has 107 North American species), and species IDs can only be done by an expert. I don't think we have anyone on BG right now who could identify this fly to species.

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