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Hello forum, I am hoping that someone can help me figure out what type of insect is in the attached photo. I think that it is a cranefly of sorts. A family would be nice.
I've attached a photo of the external genitals incase a species can be named.
Thank You for helping.
I've decided to search Google and I came across an entry at diptera.info that looks similar. someone said it was a Sciaridae. Is the species in my photo a Sciaridae? maybe I can get to a genus?
Last edited by Phaonia73 (2017-03-17 23:59:36)
Yes, it is Sciaridae - a male, which is good, as many of the species can only be identified using male genitalia.
There is an out-of date Royal Entomological Society handbook by Freeman (1983), which can be obtained directly from the RES for £2 plus postage. Although there are many species it does not cover, it does provide a good introduction to the family, and you should be able to get your specimen to genus using it.
Excelent info Sir Tony. Thank You very much. I've seen your posts at different places and I save your id notes to a text file. I owe you many Thanks for your knowledge. I'll be happy to pay for an RES manual. I like RES and I have alot of outdated material from RES. Good stuff. Thank you for confirming Sciaridae.
I hope that you have a Wonderful Day.
It looks like a female Cecidomyiidae: Micromyinae to me.
Last edited by MJames (2017-03-18 19:21:35)
Apologies for my error - I think Michael is right - it does look like a cecidomyiid. Check for circlets of large bristles on the antennal segments, and lack of spurs on the tibiae. Although it has got a fat abdomen, I don't recall ever having seen a female cecid with such large cerci, so I'm puzzled as to gender.
If you want to put a name to this fly, you could try Jaschhof, M. & Jaschhof, C., 2009, The Wood Midges (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae: Lestremiinae) of Fennoscandia and Denmark. (but a bit pricy at E120!)
@MJames Thank You for adding your opinion. I appreciate it. I will look for a genus.
@TonyIrwin Thanks for helping. I always read your entries at diptera.info and make notes.
the error is mine for suggesting Sciaridae. I am unfamiliar with Sciaroidea altogether. I was thinking it is a male for the same reason. I'm disappointed about it because females may not be documented in this superfamily. I have some tough work to do ahead.
funny story: after collecting this female (which I thought is a male), I noticed the male (which I thought is the female) dangling from a spider web alive. I needed a collection jar for the other insect, so I left the area to get a jar. Upon returning to the web, the insect was gone. I looked up just in time to see a Steatoda bipunctata running off with my specimen. I now regret not moving faster because I really need the male here. c'est la vie.
Thank You so very much for helping Tony. I truy appreciate it.
I may have to buy a few of those Fennoscandia and Denmark books. Meantime, I'll post some more photos for you to look at. I am going to rest today as I am very tired. I will look for a genus starting tomorrow...
Last edited by Phaonia73 (2017-03-18 23:08:56)
added some more photos.
the insect is hairy in many places. I do see circlets of large bristles on the antennal segments. The abdomen has patches of many hairs. I do not see spurs on the tibiae.