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Small fly in rough vegetation

Observed: 30th June 2013 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Hybocompressed
Description:

Legs mainly yellow. Insect on a leaflet of Dockweed.
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Identifications
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    Likely ID
    A dance fly (Platypalpus sp.)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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cont.

So far, in 2013, I have accumulated 15+ observations of small Platypalpus-like flies on vegetation in the body of our Reserve. No Tachydromia or Tachypeza were among them, and these genera may well be exclusively active on surfaces, such as walls, fences and tree bark. (“An iSpot Search: “Stockway Dance Fly” should provide two examples).
Some of the present flies seem blacker than others but I can’t yet exclude an effect of the light.
The Diptera.info Gallery (Hybotidae) includes images of Platypalpus sp. as predators.