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Can anyone please help identify this insect?

According to the label, the amber is from the Dominican Republic, dated to the Oligocene.

 

Right now I'm guessing this is a black scavenger fly.

 

Thanks in advance.

ScavengerFly.jpg

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ynot

I can not help with the identity, but that is a nice fly!

Tony

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AvidArchRival

Thanks. It sure is. Saw this tiny piece of amber on sale and i was struck by its clarity. A much better specimen than the others around it, hence i bought it.

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caldigger

I'll second the motion on the nicety of your specimen. It looks to be polished pretty close to the insect so there is not much material (amber) in front of it to distort the image. 

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FossilDAWG

Is it possible to see the specimen from some other angles?  Some that show the head and the wing veination more clearly?

 

Don

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fifbrindacier

I can almost hear it fly.

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JohnBrian
On 12/4/2016 at 6:38 AM, ynot said:

I can not help with the identity, but that is a nice fly!

Tony

 

If a fly didn't have wings would it be called a "walk"?

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ynot
3 hours ago, JohnBrian said:

 

If a fly didn't have wings would it be called a "walk"?

I think they call those ants.:headscratch:

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britishcanuk

With those antennae, and that wing venation I would say it's a fungus gnat, perhaps from the Sciaridae family.

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