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Phoridae - wow antennae - Lecanocerus compressiceps - male

Phoridae - wow antennae - Lecanocerus compressiceps - Male
Plymouth Rock, Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA
August 4, 2008
Size: 2.5 mm
Distinctive antennae. Might this be Lecanocerus compressiceps?
Woodland Malaise Trap 14-Jul-2008 to 4-Aug-2008

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Phoridae - wow antennae - Lecanocerus compressiceps - male Phoridae - lateral - Lecanocerus compressiceps - male Fly - dorsal - Lecanocerus compressiceps - male Fly - end of abdomen - Lecanocerus compressiceps - male Phoridae - wing - Lecanocerus compressiceps - male

Moved from Scuttle Flies.

yes, Lecanocerus compressicep
yes, Lecanocerus compressiceps

Oh Brian,
thank you, thank you, thank you. I just knew that someone had to know this wild looking fly. Just wonderful and thanks again.

neat fly
looks similar to

Moved from Flies for expert attention.

Moved from ID Request.

Do you suppose they use their antenna like little antlers in fly fights? Sort of like the fruit flies were doing in the videos in last year's day of insects (I can't remember who had the video)?
I can imagine two flies standing face to face and pushing each other to prove which one was the strongest. There are a whole bunch of behaviorial things that could be involved with this.

Just speculating. This is a very interesting looking fly.

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