dance fly

(Rhamphomyia sp.)

               
     

dance fly (Rhamphomyia sp.)

 

   
   
   
   
   
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Sources: 24, 27, 29, 30.

 
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No Common Name
Few of the more than 620 described species in the genus Rhamphomyia have a common name. The common name for the family Empididae is dance flies, and is applied here for the sake of convenience.

 
Taxonomy

Order:

Diptera (gnats, mosquitoes, true flies)

 

Suborder:

Brachycera (circular-seamed flies, mouches muscoïdes, muscoid flies, short-horned flies)

 

Infraorder:

Muscomorpha

 

No Rank:

Eremoneura

 

Superfamily:

Empidoidea

 

Family:

Empididae (dance flies)

 

Subfamily:

Empidinae

 
Subordinate Taxa

dance fly (Rhamphomyia fumosa)

dance fly (Rhamphomyia irregularis)

dance fly (Rhamphomyia luteiventris)

dance fly (Rhamphomyia pulla)

dance fly (Rhamphomyia vittata)

 
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Species undetermined

  dance fly (Rhamphomyia sp.)    
       

long-tailed dance fly (Rhamphomyia longicauda)

  long-tailed dance fly    
       
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About

Published on Jan 1, 2011

This video shows interesting mating behavior by the dance fly genus Rhamphomyia. Females are swarming to attract males. They fly in a flattened oval pattern in line with the sun's rays. This angle accentuates the reflective abdomen of the females. The males fly through the female swarms carrying a nuptial gift to feed to the female. Male/Female pairs form a slow-moving peripheral swarm and appear to copulate in flight.

   
       

 

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Alfredo Colon
7/23/2018

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

dance fly (Rhamphomyia sp.)


     
     
 
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