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spotted fly - Trypetisoma sticticum - female

spotted fly - Trypetisoma sticticum - Female
Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York, USA
June 27, 2009
Size: about 3-4 mm
I found this fly on the ground (sand) near the base of a large pile of shredded Red Oak branches.
She was very intent on egg laying in the sand and other than try to hide under small grass clumps she tolerated me and did not fly away.
I thought this would be easy to find in Ulidiidae, but have had no luck there.
I felt rather badly for distracting her and did not take as many pictures as I could have since I thought she would be easy to find.
I also looked in Stephen Marshall's book - Insects Their Natural History and Diversity - could not find anything close there.

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Moved
Moved from Fruit Flies.

Trypetisoma sticticum
This is a lauxaniid - species is Trypetisoma sticticum (Loew). Nice photos!

 
AhhhhhhhhI knew something was
AhhhhhhhhI knew something was strange with this one...

Thanks John and Ron
for the good suggestions.
I've been looking thorugh them trying to at least find wings that match. I have not yet learned wing anatomy well so I might be missing something there.
I keep going back to Ulidiidae because some of those that are a little similar also hold their wings in the same hyperflexion (I don't know the term entomologists use.)

Another family
Here's another family with similar wing markings.

Maybe Pseudotephritis
I, too, thought this would be a cakewalk, but the one I was thinking of has differently shaped wings. Next step was "This looks a lot like a fruit fly, i.e. tephritis. So maybe Pseudotephritis fills the bill. Here's one that I think is a slightly different species.



Disclaimer: I'm no expert.

Up and to the left
Try fruit flies, Tephritidae, esp. Tephritinae. I didn't see a match but I did see similar themes.

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