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Moth Fly - Clogmia albipunctata

Moth Fly - Clogmia albipunctata
Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
February 1, 2010
Size: 2.5 mm "nose to butt"
And - check it out! - I successfully reared one to adulthood. I was completely shocked when I looked in the container yesterday and saw something flying around.

I was really lazy about it - put them in a small clean yogurt container with just a bit of water, and into that sprinkled a bit of Fleischman's active yeast and scraped off some dust crumbles from a piece of dry dog food, then covered it with plastic wrap, poked holes in that, put it on a table and all but forgot about it.

Adult #1, dorsal view.

*_ This Life Cycle also shown on info page for this species.

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Title
"Moth fly pupa"--need to update; the photo shows an adult.

 
You're right
thank you!

Moved
Moved from Moth Flies.

Great series.
Great work, Ashley:-) Sometimes "benign neglect" is the best way to get insects through their metamorphosis.

 
Thanks!
Got a second one tonight, and more pupae, which is reassuring because last week when I looked in and saw limp larvae, I thought they were all dying - I hadn't noticed the pupae yet. =)

Probably the usual suspect
This picture has a better angle on the antenna tips.

Following the key in Quate 1960 from Psychodinae:

1. Wing broad, 2-3 times as long as wide = 2

2. Flagellar segments nodiform; antenna longer than width of wing; R5 usually ending in wing apex = 4

4. Terminal antenna segments not reduced in size; species often brightly marked = 5

5. Rs not pectinate (i.e. R3 and R4 do not branch independently from Rs); wing generally of moderate width; "ascoids" of antenna variable, but seldom consisting of single anterior branch = Telmatoscopus

The Telmatoscopus key suggests T. albipunctatus = Clogmia albipunctata under this week's nomenclature. Could you correct the size? It inherited 9mm from the pupa. If over 3 mm it would be albipunctata. One of the key characters is length of antenna scape and I'm not sure about that here. The other species is far less likely though. Just saying moth flies in drain means probably over 50% chance of C. albipunctata.

Unless you get a contrary opinion I'd move this to albipunctata.

 
Thank you! =)
I got photos tonight of a second adult, and measured it as best I could by placing a ruler under it and taking a picture of that. Not the best shot, but decent enough to get close measurements.

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