Amber Long-Legged Fly Duo
Order Diptera, Family Dolichopodidae
Time: Upper Eocene - Lower Oligocene
inch): Amber: 15 mm long , 9 mm across , 0.3 grams
Kaliningrad District, Russia
fossil amber piece displays a pair of members 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. These amber insect inclusions are members of the
Family Dolichopodidae, or long-legged flies, and display well-faceted
eyes which afforded a detailed view of the flies’ surroundings.
This fine pair has been frozen for eternity in their last flight.