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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Trichacantha atranupta

Trichacantha atranupta family Athericidae

Quoted from: Field guide to South African Insects

"Members of this small, rather primitive, family resembles small horseflies with large, often smoky wings. Adults are found on rocks or vegetation alongside fast-flowing streams, where the aquatic larvae are predators. The region has the richest athericid fauna in the world, with at least 16 species in 3 genera.”

The hind legs are greatly enlarged and elongated.
Males (shown here) have a black patch on each wing while the females are small and a darkish brown.