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Species Empis snoddyi

Dancing fly with nuptial gift - Empis snoddyi - male Midge? - Empis snoddyi - male Empis snoddyi Empis snoddyi Empis snoddyi
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Empidoidea
Family Empididae (Dance Flies)
Subfamily Empidinae
Genus Empis
No Taxon (subgenus Enoplempis)
Species snoddyi (Empis snoddyi)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Empis snoddyi Steyskal, 1969
Identification
The only balloon fly in the southern Appalachian mountains.
Remarks
"The mating behavior was reported by Sadowski et al. (1999). Males form swarms of 5-15 individuals beginning at dawn, and interact vigorously within the swarm, chasing each other and even grappling in midair. Females join the swarm and individually visit each male before choosing one with a balloon and chasing him out of the swarm. After mating, the female drops the balloon. Males will not make a new balloon and remate until the next day." -- The (new) Diptera Site