Gnat we believe

Subject:  ID please
Geographic location of the bug:  UK
Date: 12/12/2017
Time: 02:55 AM EDT
Hi Bugmen
Thank you so much for providing this service.  My thoughts are a parasitic wasp but your opinion would be greatly appreciated.
How you want your letter signed:  Karen

Gnat, we believe

Dear Karen,
The insect in the images you provided appears to have a single pair of wings, meaning it is in the order Diptera, the Flies.  We suspect this is some species of Gnat.

HI Daniel

Thank you so much and for responding so quickly.  Is it possible to identify it into one of these groups MycetophilidaeAnisopodidae and Sciaridae?  What is the abdominal cercus used for in this type of gnat?
Thank you for your time.
Karen Chisholm

Dear Karen,
We do not have the necessary expertise to make that call conclusively.  We suspect that the the organ in question is an ovipositor.

Thank you so much Daniel.

Karen Chisholm

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