Subject: Dancing Bug Identification
Geographic location of the bug: South Florida, USA
Time: 10:57 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hello! There is a bug I seen often that does a little dance. They waive their front legs around in big circles, and do a little squat with theit
back legs. The backside of their abdomen is hooked under and sometimes rattles or shakes while they dance. Sometimes they have a red hue on their thorax. They fly and although it looks like they have a stinger, I’ve never noticed them sting anyone or be aggressive.
How you want your letter signed: Nina M
Your subject line “Dancing Bug” really caught our attention, and your description of the behavior of this Stilt Legged Fly from the family Micropezidae, is very descriptive. According to BugGuide: “Known for their walking around and lifting their prominently marked front legs imitating ichneumon wasps.”