13 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #333

  1. Two wings = diptera

    Mouth parts and body shape suggest mosquito, of course.

    If I’m correct, I still have no idea what species it might be: but they’re all succubi*!

    *Referencing the fact that only female mosquitoes suck blood, because they need it for reproductive purposes; the males hang around plants waiting for the females.

  2. I think it is rather a Snipe fly, Empis lutea

    Scientific classification
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
    Order: Diptera
    Family: Empididae
    Subfamily: Empidinae
    Genus: Empis
    Species: E. lutea
    Binomial name
    Empis lutea
    Meigen, 1804

  3. One of the Phlebotominae? When I read about them, I thought it was a joke, but I guess not. I’ve been bitten by them. . .

  4. Reminds me bee-flies (Bombyliidae), maybe genus Toxophora. Too many species … and not good enough to understand the keys …

  5. I agree with Emmanuel; it almost has to be Empis; even the wing veneration is right. Otherwise, my first thought was {Panorpidae (scorpion flies). Paolo: Is this a Blashka model?

    • Sort of – it’s actually on a microscope slide so there is a mounting medium (unsure what it is – possibly glycerine) holding the specimen and coverslip securely on the slide.

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