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Tiny big headed fly. - Tomosvaryella

Tiny big headed fly. - Tomosvaryella
Deane, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
December 5, 2013
Size: 2mm
Found on white bed sheet placed in the yard. It was almost dead when I found it.
What is the stinger looking thing?

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Tiny big headed fly. - Tomosvaryella Tiny big headed fly. - Tomosvaryella Tiny big headed fly. - Tomosvaryella

Tomosvaryella sp., female
ID confirmed from specimen, now a photo-voucher. Thanks Lisa.

Unfortunately, keys only use male characters to separate the species.

Moved
Moved from Big-headed flies.

 
Fly
Thank you very much.

From what I can see, it appears to be a female Tomosvaryella
Will be interested to see what Jeff thinks.

The "stinger looking thing" is the female's ovipositor, used to insert its eggs in its host. The larvae of this family of flies are endoparasitoids of Homoptera, especially Cicadellidae and Delphacidae.

 
ID confirmed by J.H. Skevington: Tomosvaryella sp.

 
ID
Very much appreciated. It is available if anyone wants it.

 
fly
Thank you. I put it in a vial of alcohol.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

 
big headed fly
Thank you very much.

 
i asked Dr Skevington to take a look
hope he gives us a name

 
name
Thank you. It's a interesting little thing.

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