Taeniaptera sp.

Micropezid Fly

Taeniaptera sp., Stilt-legged Flies, El Salvador image


Family: Micropezidae

Subfamily: Taeniapterinae

Tribe: Taeniapterini


Among the key characters of genus Taeniaptera are: the arista bare, a long anal cell, and a palpus with non-parallel sides.  Usually the central darkened wing band is convex on both the basal side and the apical side, so the band is like a rounded spot.  Members of this genus are often found around human habitations, attracted by the presence of dung, decaying vegetable matter, and the like.

Photo location: Suchitoto, Cuscatlán department, El Salvador.

Micropezid Fly, Taeniaptera sp., photo from El Salvador

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