Small Headed Fly

Subject: A gold and black insect
Location: Tahuya state forest, WA
July 16, 2016 3:08 pm
Hi! I found this insect in the Tahuya forest on the Tahuya river while camping earlier this year, and I can’t seem to identify it. This was in Washington state in early summer (June 16th to be precise), and I snapped the photo myself. I will continue searching, but if you could tell me what this is, that would be awesome! Many thanks!
Signature: Leo the Inquisitive

Small Headed Fly
Small Headed Fly

Dear Leo the Inquisitive,
This is a Small Headed Fly in the genus
Eulonchus, and based on images posted to BugGuide, we believe it is most likely Eulonchus sapphirinus.  The genus is described on BugGuide as:  “Proboscis well-developed, at rest held below body and extending to mid-thorax or well beyond, depending on species. Antennae inserted near middle of head, with eyes contiguous both above and below antennae.” 

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