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Posted on 02-07-2005 21:26

Location: Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
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Hello Diptera Fans!

Can you say me please, what genus or species this fly (Micropezidae) is? I made this photo on a window frame here in Bavaria. In Central Europe there should be 12 different species of Micropezidae but I don't know this one:

This fly was about 3 mm long and I made this photo yesterday.

Thank you, Martin...
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Posted on 03-07-2005 00:00

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one Dolichopodidae!

Please PaulWink!
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Posted on 03-07-2005 10:53
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Genus Medetera, they hunt a lot on tree trunks and other vertical surfaces. They suck their prey empty by sheer force, since they have no piercing mouthparts.

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Posted on 03-07-2005 12:07

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Thank you!

But the species name is not definable by photo, or?
Edited by Martin on 03-07-2005 15:20
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It is a very large genus and many species can only reliably be identified by male genitalia (if at all). A real specialist might be able to pick out certain species, though.

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