Unknown Fly from Malaysia

Subject: insect with metal collar and straw jacket
Location: Malaysia highlands
January 29, 2013 8:25 am
I bet you thought I was kidding around with the subject. My knees wobbled when I realised what I had captured. He was on night lamp so possibly nocturnal. he was tiny (about 1-2mm) so I didn’t realise what I had photographed until I looked in the camera display after the shot. I figured you’d either know exactly what it is because of its unusual look or at the very least you’d get as much of a kick out of it as I did. Thanks.
Signature: David

Unknown Fly

Hi David,
We don’t think we are able to do much more than provide an order and a sex.  We believe this is a member of the insect order Diptera, so you could call it a Fly.  Because of its antennae, we strongly suspect it is a male.

7 thoughts on “Unknown Fly from Malaysia”

  1. Hi, this is not a dead Stick Insect being eaten by a Planarium.

    It have six leg , and it can fly. The size of this insect is approximately 10 mm long. I found many of these on the wall of my house.

    • This insect is not missing any legs. It legs is in a weird position.
      – Two legs in front (straight position).
      – Two legs in the middle near the head (in the bent position)
      – Two legs behind (straight position).

    • The photographer, Piotr Naskrecki, frequently helps us to identify Katydids. We will write to him and inquire if your identification is correct.


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