Up close with a wingless hangingfly

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Here’s a photograph I took nearly ten years ago, fumbling around with a primitive white box and my first dSLR:

Apterobittacus apterus, California

Apterobittacus is a predatory insect about an inch or so in length, with the rather unusual feature for a hangingfly of being flightless as an adult. They lurk in what remains of California’s grasslands, catching prey insects with their long, trap-like tarsi.

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  1. These are some of my favorite (non-ant) finds in the Bay Area – I’ve always encountered them on coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis). Easy to overlook as they look a lot like tipulids at first glance. Thanks for the portrait!

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