Fly or Scuttle Fly
Note well-faceted eyes affording a detailed
view of the fly's surroundings. The other common name for
this family is Scuttle Fly, descriptive of their habit of
scurrying around in agitated fashion.
is a large (11 mm body) member of the Order Diptera, Family
Asilidae, or Robber Flies, in Colombian amber. These flies
today occur in a number of habitats, and are highly predaceous,
attacking insects much larger than themselves.
would probably avoid this insect with its wasp-like appearance,
complete with "stinger". It even has banding of
the abdomen such as you would expect from a wasp. Closer
inspection, however, reveals two knoblike projections on
its back. These are known as halteres, and are a trademark
of the order Diptera.
dipterans in amber.
Psychodidae (Moth Fly)
Oligocene to Miocene
Moth flies are found today in numbers around
drains, and their larvae are found where decaying matter
is prevalent. They are the relatives of the Sand Flies,
a group of biting flies responsible carrying many diseases
in the tropics. Moth flies, however, do not bite.