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Meromyza americana? - Meromyza - female

Meromyza americana? - Meromyza - Female
Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky, USA
June 30, 2012
Size: 3.3 mm
Taken at UV light.

Using (1), this seems to key to M. americana. (palpi entirely pale, midstripe of scutum complete and continues on scutellum, head longer than tall, face with straight profile)

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Meromyza americana? - Meromyza - female Meromyza americana? - Meromyza - female Meromyza americana? - Meromyza - female

Meromyza sp.
Definitely a Meromyza (I wish all the chloropid genera were this distinctive), but I'd be cautious about a species name for this one. Fedoseeva's key is incomplete and doesn't work that well in some couplets, especially for females. There are also more eastern species of Meromyza, and more variation within species, than she may have realized. Still lots of work needed on this genus.

Thanks Terry.
I'll just leave at genus for now.

Moved from Frit Flies.

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