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Flat-footed Fly on Stinkhorn Mushroom - Melanderomyia - female

Flat-footed Fly on Stinkhorn Mushroom - Melanderomyia - Female
Durham County, North Carolina, USA
September 21, 2004
This fly was down on the side of the mushroom, below the cap, and appeared to be eating. These is possibly genus Platypeza as Brimley (1) lists only that genus for North Carolina at this season (October). This also agrees with seasonal listing for Platypeza at Insects of Cedar Creek, Minnesota. However Jeff Skovington believes these to be Melanderomyia--see comments under other images.

Whole mushroom, with its fly associates: