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Lepiseodina superba

Lepiseodina superba
Rancocas, Rancocas Nature Center NJAS, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
May 2, 2008
Found a bunch of these in a hollow tree. The dead standing trunk was filled with a pool of algae/fungus and many of these.

Moved from Telmatoscopus.

Does Telmatoscopus superbus = Lepiseodina superba

Moved from Moth Flies and Sand Flies. due to email from Gregory Curler "Excellent photo of an interesting fly. Unfortunately, the best I can do from this view is give you a genus. The antennae, wings, eyes, posture and habitat tell me that it belongs to the genus Telmatoscopus, but I wouldn't know the species without looking at a cleared male specimen under the microscope.
The coloration is unlike most Telmatoscopus species that I've seen, but a lot of psychodids that I identify to species have been preserved in alcohol, so I'm not familiar with "in life coloration" of all species."

I must amend my identification... The genus Lepiseodina is one of several genera that have long been considered a synonyms of Telmatoscopus--until recently. So, this species actually belongs in genus Lepiseodina Enderlein. It's probably Lepiseodina superba. These flies are very commonly found around tree holes that contain standing water.

Sorry for the confusion, as Telmatoscopus is one of several moth fly genera for which the classification is slowly being "repaired".

I appreciate the second look and help with the ID.

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