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Unknown insect (IN363) - Limonia communis

Unknown insect (IN363) - Limonia communis
Great Falls National Park, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
October 2, 2010
Size: body is perhaps 1/2 inch
I would have guessed some kind of misquito except that it is feeding on a flower. There were a bunch of these and they were constantly in motion, bouncing up and down.

Moved from Tipulomorpha.

Moved from Flies.

Subgenus Limonia (Geranomyia) includes the common long-nosed crane flies that bob up and down in flowers.

Moved from ID Request.

Reminds me of
some of the Limoniid Crane flies--something like Toxorhina:

or maybe Elephantomyia:

Then again, it could be something else entirely. I'll move your post to Diptera, where the folks who actually know something about these critters will be more likely to find it. :)

Hadn't thought of craneflies, but they are in the park; never seen this type of behavior before.

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