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Species Taeniaptera trivittata

Marsh Fly? - Taeniaptera trivittata fly with missing legs - Taeniaptera trivittata Fly (?) Thinks It's An Ant - Taeniaptera trivittata Taeniaptera trivittata - male - female Any clue what this is? - Taeniaptera trivittata Taeniaptera trivittata Stilt legged fly - Taeniaptera trivittata Fly - Taeniaptera trivittata
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Nerioidea
Family Micropezidae (Stilt-legged Flies)
Subfamily Taeniapterinae
Genus Taeniaptera
Species trivittata (Taeniaptera trivittata)
Size
body length circa 10 mm (1)
Identification
Body chestnut brown, wings patterned, including whitish semi-circular mark.

Waves white-tipped front legs like wasp antennae, though overall appearance suggests mimicry of ants (2). Marshall (3) suggests members of this family are wasp or ant mimics.
Range
Eastern United States, south and west at least as far as the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas
Habitat
Deciduous forests, or wet areas with emergent vegetation.
Season
May-June. LRGV records in May (twice) and September (once)
See Also
Rainieria (below) has a shiny thorax.

Print References
Arnett, p. 889--description (1)