Amber Long-Legged Fly Dolichopodidae
Time: Upper Eocene - Lower Oligocene
Size: (25.4mm=1 inch):
Amber: 26 mm long, 12 mm across, 1.5 grams. Inclusion
Kaliningrad District, Russia
This amber piece displays a fine member of the Diptera. The term
Diptera means "two-winged" and is actually a misnomer.
Most members have a second, vestigial pair of wings that are mere
knobs which are used as a "gyroscope" to keep the insect
level in flight. This inclusion is a member of the Family Dolichopodidae,
or long-legged flies, and displays well-faceted eyes which afforded
a detailed view of the fly's surroundings.