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Posted on 18-04-2019 05:28

Location: Juneau, Alaska
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Several of these flies were coming to Willow catkins near Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska on April 15, 2019. Most appeared to be eating and a few mating. I have been working on the value of willows and would really appreciate some identification help.

Bob attached the following image:

Edited by Bob on 18-04-2019 06:17
Robert H. Armstrong
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Posted on 18-04-2019 13:12
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I can't see enough detail to be sure, but a muscoid fly on Salix blossoms in early spring is probably Egle.
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Posted on 20-04-2019 05:10

Location: Juneau, Alaska
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Thanks so much John. It sure looks like photos of that genus. Apparently the larva develop in the female catkins -- have to look more closely.
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