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Mecoptera - Hylobittacus apicalis

Mecoptera - Hylobittacus apicalis
French Creek reservation, Lorain County, Ohio, USA
July 1, 2005
I'm no expert on this group, but I believe this is Hylobittacus apicalis. The only hangingfly with dark markings on the wings. You can see in the picture the male holding an insect awaiting the arrival of a female. He presents it to her as a gift in hopes of mating


Moved from hangingfly. H. apicalis is the only Bittacid with darkened wing tips as in this specimen.

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