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beach "knat" - Hecamede albicans
Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York, USA
September 8, 2009
Size: 1 - 1.5 mm
This is one of those tiny knats that can sometimes be so annoying at the beach sitting on an old weathered log.
It is such a treat to see what it looks like and much cuter than I expected.
See here for view of wings and face (different individuals):

Moved from Flies.

Um, it's "gnat"
Probably a "shore fly," actually, though there are also "kelp flies" and others that are abundant at the seashore. Great images and a specialist like Martin Hauser will eventually give you a definitive answer.

UM ... gnat ... Bugguide is helpful in many ways :-)
Thanks Eric.

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