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Fly ? - Cnephia

Fly ? - Cnephia
Sand Springs, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA
January 22, 2009
Size: 5mm (3/16")
Cool critter!
Please help with ID.

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Moved from Black Flies.

Hey Sam....
You make it through that ice/snow storm ok?

Yes sir....
However, my house sits sort of on the side of a cliff and the road to it always gets really slick, especially in stuff like this. So, Monday I had to drive with one wheel in the ditch (even though I have a 4-wheel drive Silverado) coming down the hill to the house to keep from sliding all the way down to the bottom....that would have left a mark. So, I barely made it home Monday and then I stayed home from work Tuesday. It looked like a war zone around here with all the car wrecks up and down the highway.
At the moment the roads are starting to get back to drivable.

The good thing is that this ice storm is not as bad as the one in 2007. That one tore grown trees down and we're still cleaning stuff up from it and were out of power for about two weeks.

Thanks for checking on me! I appreciate it!

Hadn't seen you posting...
Thought you might have lost power. Good to know your doing well!

I appreciate it!

All the critters are hiding out until the thaw I guess so I haven't had anything to post the last few days.

We were wondering too -
glad we tracked down this conversation. Good to hear all is ok.

Thanks guys! I appreciate everyone's concern, it means a lot!

According to my reference(1) the top of the second segment of the hind tarsus is important for identification. If there is a deep groove across the segment, the segment is attached to a Simulium. If it is completely smooth the fly is something else. If it is wrinkled, there are lots of possibilities.

Simuliidae, i believe

I believe this is one of the members of Simulini other than Simulium itself. There are surprisingly few species it could be -- most of the family is in the genus Simulium, most the rest is excluded on appearance, and much of the rest is excluded based on range.

What sort of water is present nearby? Swift-moving river? Was nearby water iced over when you saw the fly?

No water at all. It's on my back deck. However, there is a creek about a quarter of a mile away but it's a very small creek.

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