dance fly

(Rhamphomyia sp.)

Overview
dance fly (Rhamphomyia sp.)
Photo by Alfredo Colon
 

 

 

 

 

 

     
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

24, 27, 29, 30.

 
  2/17/2019      
         
 
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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Common Names

 
 

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 convenience.

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Species undetermined

  dance fly (Rhamphomyia sp.)    
       

long-tailed dance fly (Rhamphomyia longicauda)

  long-tailed dance fly    
       
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  dance fly (Rhamphomyia) (O)
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  dance fly (Rhamphomyia) (O)  

 

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  Rhamphomyia Swarm.mov
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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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Created: 2/17/2019

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