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Photo#504107
Unknown fly... - Cordilura - male

Unknown fly... - Cordilura - Male
Chibougamau, Nord-du-Qu├ębec County, Quebec, Canada
August 28, 2009
Size: 6 - 7 mm
Sometimes in life you make pleasant encounters, guys or girls who strike you as being really attractive, yet mysterious. This is what I experienced yesterday, though with this nice fly rather than with a girl. This one is one of the beautifullest I've seen, and yet, for a rare time since I began working professionally with insects, I can't even place this fly to family level with certainty. My guess is that it's something in either Clusiidae or Sciomyzidae, but the latter should have antennae projecting forward, which is not the case here. So - Clusiidae is my main guess. If anyone more knowledgeable than I on these families can confirm or infirm this, I would appreciate.

Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures.

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Moved
Moved from Flies.

no
this is a tricky one. It is not an acalyptrate, it is Cordilura sp., Scathophagidae.

 
Wow - I expected anything but
Wow - I expected anything but that. A closer re-examination did show small but visible calypters, with relatively long yellow setae on top of that, which I totally missed the other day. I guess I was focusing too much on Sciomyzoids and similar flies, it made me miss one of the most basic thing to look at when telling fies apart... I'm a bit ashamed now!

Thanks for the ID Keith!

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