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Stilt Legged Fly - Rainieria antennaepes

Stilt Legged Fly - Rainieria antennaepes
Henricus Park, Chesterfield County, Virginia, USA
May 23, 2009
Size: 8-10mm
Found walking about a wood park bench moving it's front legs (which looked like antennae) up and down.
I'm a but confused about this one. What I thought were antennae appear to be front legs, and I don't see any notable ovipositor.
Apparently a stilt legged fly then. Very cool dipteran!

Moved
Moved from Stilt-legged Flies.

Maybe a stilt-legged fly.
Info here.

 
That's it!
The flies continue to amaze. I thought it was definitely a wasp when I first saw it, but once I got the pictures - those eyes, and those "fake" antenna legs... I just wasn't sure anymore.
Thanks!

 
As a lifelong Californian...
I didn't see one of these until I went on a trip back east with my family a few years back. Apparently you guys have some insects we don't, like fireflies that actually glow in the dark.

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