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Milichiidae? Any comments on proposed family?
jonrichfield
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Posted on 04-08-2015 20:55
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Photographed by a friend in Grahamstown in her garden.
ID suggestions gratefully considered. I don't even know the family.
Apologies for the limited diagnostic materials

Since I posted the foregoing Tony Irwin has proposed Milichiidae as you may see below, and it looks right to me (not that that means much!) Wink


Thanks for attention,
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Here is another view of the same fly:
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Can't say for sure, but it says Milichiidae to me.
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Good Grief Tony; that one took the wind out of my sails!
My first reaction was "y'gotta be kidding!".
So I checked out a lot of Milichiidae pictures and .... well...
I see your point!
As you can guess, my taxonomic acquaintance with the family is tenuous, to put it politely; I hardly have seen any of them except in the field on the prey of spiders or mantids, and those that I have seen are the cuddly housefly shape, not this rangy little thing.
Anyway, I think you are right and on that assumption, thank you for broadening my insight!
I shall alter my thread heading accordingly.
Cheers,
Jon
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The Milichiidae that I am familiar with are the tiny black jobs on the prey of spiders etc, but I know that their biology is more varied than that. Does anyone know the biology of genera with this general appearance? Remarks welcome.
Jon
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Any chance this could be Madiza brittanica, a species I am not familiar with?
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Unlikely if this was taken in S.Africa Wink
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LoL, I saw Somerset, did not notice the next line. Grin
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