Dance Fly
( Empididae )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Empididae
(Latreille ,1804 )
Common Name:Dance Fly
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Diptera
Suborder:Brachycera
Family:Empididae
Taxon Code:DIP00575
ITIS/TSN:135830

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Dimond Park, Dimond Park, 3860 Hanly Rd, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100146

RECOGNITION
Diversity
About 460 species in more than 30 genera of 3 subfamilies in North America; more than 3,140 species in more than 100 genera total.

BIOLOGY
In mating swarms, males fly up and down in a sort of dance. They have captured an insect, wrapped it in silk, and hold as an offering (nuptial gift) for females. Females seem to choose the male with the most enticing offering. Sometimes a male may offer just an empty ball of silk.
Food
Small insects, and occasionally nectar; larvae often feed on decaying organic matter in the soil, some are predatory
Habitat
Larvae found in a variety of situations--aquatic, semiaquatic, in dung, in bird nests, among roots and fungi.
Distribution
Worldwide
Diversity
About 460 species in more than 30 genera of 3 subfamilies in North America; more than 3,140 species in more than 100 genera total.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Family Empididae - Dance Flies. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/6578). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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