Rhagionidae

Pronunciation:  [Rag·e·ON·i⋅dae]

Common Name:   Snipe Flies

Description:  Medium to large flies with long legs and a tapering abdomen.  Most species are gray, brown, or black with yellow or orange markings.   Some have patterned wings.  Both adults and larvae are predaceous.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Tapering abdomen
  2. Large, round head
  3. Body may be bare or covered with short hairs
  4. Feet have three tarsal pads (empodium is pulvilliform)

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Order:  Diptera