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Small Fly - Scenopinus - male

Small Fly - Scenopinus - Male
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
April 20, 2010
Size: 4mm
Tried looking for this one, but no luck. Figure the white lines on the abdomen should be helpful with ID. Big head, assume this is a male by the eyes? (Not marking it until confirmed)

Thanks for any help with ID.

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Moved from Scenopinus.

Moved from Scenopinus fenestralis. This is not Scenopinus fenestralis. I think by 'looks like,' Gerard Pennards meant it is closest to S. fenestralis, the most commonly encountered scenopinid in Europe. There are many more species in the US. In this fly, the antennae are too compact, the venation is wrong (R4 & R5 diverge closer to wing margin), and the body is too small for S. fenestralis group. This is in the Scenopinus velutinus species group, in which there are dozens of species in CA. In my experience, these are fairly common in sweep samples an often have various silver reflective patterns on the abdomen

I got this info from the MND (1) and from this website by Shaun Winterton

Thank you
Thanks for the information. Appreciate it.

thanks again, Gerard! .....boy was i off..... :/
Moved from ID Request.

Is the familyLooks like Scenopinus fenestralis.

check Pipunculidae, but i'm a dilettante in flies

Looks similar. I searched under Thick-headed before. But these look a bit more on par with it.

See what others may have to say. Thanks again.

you better move it to the Diptera page
that's where our experts look for BG job

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