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Fort Ord, California (Google, OSM)
36.646247566, -121.7608737946
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There were quite a few of these resting on blades of grass, some in what appeared to be threesomes. I could never get a photo of these, but I was able to capture one of these clusters. It appeared to be two live flies and one dead one. A mating pair of dance flies with a nuptial gift? I had misidentified these as robber flies, but just read Loarie's and Kueda's comments to curiousgeorge and reconsidered my identification.

Mar. 28, 2011 20:41:26 -1000
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Dance Flies - Photo (c) Walwyn, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
barbarab's ID: Dance Flies (Family Empididae)
Posted by barbarab over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Dance Flies - Photo (c) Walwyn, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
kueda's ID: Dance Flies (Family Empididae)

I think that's right. Might be worth posting to BugGuide to get a little further.

Posted by kueda over 3 years ago (Flag)
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One more agreement....Family: Empidoidae; Genus Empis....Dance Fly...these are commonly found on buttercups in Spring time as well as in the tall spring time grasses in California for sure......I don't know about the rest of their range.

Posted by mmarchiano over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Dance Flies - Photo (c) Walwyn, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
barbarab's ID: Dance Flies (Family Empididae)
Dance Flies - Photo (c) Walwyn, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
Community ID: Dance Flies (Family Empididae)
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barbarab would like some help identifying this

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