common snipe fly

(Rhagio mystaceus)

               
Conservation Status

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Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

May through June

Habitat

Woodlands, areas with dense vegetation

Size

Male: ¼ to (7 to 9 mm)

Female: ¼ to 5 16(6 to 8 mm)

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Identification

Common snipe fly is common in the United States east of the Great Plains and in adjacent Canadian provinces.

Adults are small and dark, males ¼ to (7 to 9 mm) long, females a little smaller, ¼ to 5 16(6 to 8 mm) long.

The antennae have three segments. The third segment is more or less rounded, is not divided by rings (annulated), and bears a long, slender style at the end. On the male, the compound eyes are large and meet at the top of the head. On the female, they are smaller and do not meet.

The thorax is pale with three dark longitudinal stripes. The center stripe is the widest but is divided longitudinally by a thin pale line.

The abdomen is dark and somewhat tapered toward the end. Each abdominal segment has a narrow yellowish ring at the end. On some individuals, the first one or two segments are mostly yellow above (dorsally).

The wings are mostly clear with two dark horizontal bands, dark along the veins, and dark tips. The lobes at the base of the wing that cover the haltere (calypters) are small.

The legs are very long and slender. The fourth segment (tibia) of the front legs is mostly pale with a dark tip. The tibia on the middle legs is usually brown. The last part of the leg (tarsus), corresponding to the foot, has three segments. The last segment has three pads at the end.

 
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Behavior

Larvae are found in decaying vegetation.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Diptera (gnats, mosquitoes, true flies)

 

Suborder:

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

 

Infraorder:

Tabanomorpha

 

Superfamily:

Tabanoidea

 

Family:

Rhagionidae (snipe flies)

 
Synonyms

Leptis mystaceus

 
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Glossary

Calypter

On flies: one of two small membranous lobes at the base of the forewing that covers the haltere. On mosses: A thin cap that covers and protects the capsule and operculum and drops off at maturity.

 

Tarsus

The last two to five subdivisions of an insect’s leg, attached to the tibia; the foot. Plural: tarsi.

 

Tibia

The fourth segment of an insect leg, after the femur and before the tarsus (foot).

 

 

 

 

 

       

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