Subject: Bug in birdbath
Location: Northern California
April 7, 2017 7:29 am
I saw this bug yesterday, April 6, on the rock in my birdbath. I cannot identify it and would appreciate your input. Northern California location.
Signature: Kate Schaffner
Both the antennae and the proboscis lead us to believe this is some type of Fly in the order Diptera, but alas, we do not recognize it. We will contact Eric Eaton for assistance.
Eric Eaton Responds
This is some kind of dance fly in the family Empididae, and by the looks of it a female (males have a bulbous rear end). Very common early spring flies.
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
BugGuide has some similar looking images from the genus Hilara, the Balloon Flies.
Thank you so much Daniel and Eric!