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Hangin' out

Hangin' out
Ross Prairie State Forest, Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA
March 22, 2011
As we walked through the oak woodland, there was a strand of spider silk blowing in the breeze, with these tiny guys all lined up in a row....hangin' out!

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Short legs
Raymond Gagne wrote: "The Porricondylinae and the Cecidomyiinae together are monophyletic. They differ from the Lestremiinae in the loss of ocelli and the shortened first tarsomere. This modification may have arisen as an adaptation for roosting on spider webs, where Porricondylinae and Cecidomyiinae are often found. Lestremiinae are never found on spider webs."(1)

No way!
Fantastic shot!

I have a similar image I shot at High Ledges. Look for recesses in rock outcrops where spiders spin (even hollows in tree trunks), and you should have no problem finding the flies "hanging out."

Hangin' Out
I agree... outstanding. What a great find.

Gall Midges, maybe?

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