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Species Sciapus platypterus

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Empidoidea
Family Dolichopodidae (Longlegged Flies)
Subfamily Sciapodinae
Genus Sciapus
Species platypterus (Sciapus platypterus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dolichopus platypterus Fabricius, 1805
Explanation of Names
"Flat wing"; the male has broad wings.
A large species, with male wing over 5 mm long.
Male wing narrow at base, broad at tip, nearly triangular. Segments 3 and 4 of male mid tarsus flat and white, contrasting with adjacent segments. Third segment of fore tarsus at least as long as second; hind basitarsus long relative to second segment.
Common in Europe. Not previously known from North America.
Apparently most common in late May and early June, but seen as late as July in Germany.
The male waves his ornamented mid legs around the female's eyes while mating.
Internet References
NatureSpot (photos)