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Species Micropeza corrigiolata

Micropezidae - Stilt-legged Fly? - Micropeza corrigiolata - female Micropezidae - Stilt-legged Fly? - Micropeza corrigiolata Micropezidae - Stilt-legged Fly? - Micropeza corrigiolata Micropezidae - Stilt-legged Fly? - Micropeza corrigiolata Diptera. Micropezidae. Micropeza corrigiolata? - Micropeza corrigiolata
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Nerioidea
Family Micropezidae (Stilt-legged Flies)
Subfamily Micropezinae
Genus Micropeza
Species corrigiolata (Micropeza corrigiolata)
Identification
Morphologically distinct from North American native species (male lacks genital graspers, head and body nearly entirely black, dark rings on mid- and hind-femora).
Range
New Brunswick, Canada. Probably in Nova Scotia and Maine as well...see comments here.
Remarks
A Eurasian species, introduced recently. First recorded in 1993.
"This is the only Micropeza species known to occur in eastern Canada, although widespread in Europe, it had only been recorded from 2 localities in New Brunswick (St. John & Moncton areas). [Comment by Morgan Jackson]
For more details, see Hoebeke & Wheeler in "Print References" below.
Dark rings on mid- and hind-femora are similar to those of M. stigmatica, a southwestern (to South America) species which is predominantly reddish and has all its femora with black disto-median and sub-apical bands. Previous to the 1993 introduction of M. corrigiolata, the only species in our area having black disto-median and sub-apical bands on its femora was M. stigmatica.
Print References
Hoebeke, E.R., & Wheeler A.R. (1994). Micropeza corrigiolata (L.), a Eurasian stilt-legged fly (Diptera: Micropezidae) new to North America: redescription, geographic distribution, and bionomics. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash., 96(3), pp. 466-470. (Full Text)