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Aug 27, 2011 4:57 PM

Tiny hopping fly?

Hi

 

I was in a friend's house and spotted a tiny creature walking on the bottom shelf of their TV table.  Every couple of seconds it hopped into the air.  At first I thought it was a springtail or even a flea or something like that, but when it got to the edge of the shelf it hopped then appeared to fly onto the floor.  I thought I could see a faint blur around it as if it spread its wings.

 

My guess is that it was a kind of fly but it was so small - about 1mm maybe - that it was impossible to see any details let alone photograph it.  The TV table was black and the creature's movement caught my eye or I wouldn't have seen it.  It looked so comical; rather like a happy child skipping every few steps as it went along (the skip or hop was far higher than a child's in proportion to its size of course).

 

Any idea what it may have been?  The movement reminded me of those little flies that hold their wings out flat and to the sides, in a similar way to a moth (quite different from "normal" flies) that you sometimes see around latrines in the tropics.

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    Aug 28, 2011 8:21 AM (in response to Drosophila)
    Re: Tiny hopping fly?

    The movement reminded me of those little flies that hold their wings out flat and to the sides, in a similar way to a moth " .

     

    Do you mean these guys http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychodidae ?

     

    Some species are quite common in UK.

     

    Ray

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