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Moth Fly - Clytocerus

Moth Fly - Clytocerus
Mobile (Dog River), Mobile County, Alabama, USA
May 11, 2010
This is the first I've seen with this pattern. Looks sorta like a Gremlin with wings

" Looks sorta like a Gremlin with wings"
It does look like one. Giz, before all the morphing.

Moved from Clytocerus americana. Based on comment below.

Moved from Moth Flies.

Clytocerus americanus
This fly is almost certainly Clytocerus americanus (Kincaid). I have examined numerous Clytocerus from southern Alabama, and the species in this photo fits the description. The wings are distinctly patterned.

After seeing a second photo o
After seeing a second photo of a similar specimen from southern Alabama, I'm not as sure about this one being C. americanus... Definitely Clytocerus, but could very well be an undescribed species. All Nearctic Clytocerus that I've examined so far have the same general wing patterns, but there are differences in the coloration. Some are darker than others. C. americanus is mostly white. A recent article by Curler & Moulton on Nearctic Clytocerus (published in The Canadian Entomologist) includes a great photo of a specimen that is confirmed to be C. americanus.

Moved from Flies.

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