It has a really interesting shape. Is this a common fly ?

Edit: I found this in a relative's house. For area, I can say the plateaus and mountainous parts of Turkey's mediterranean coast. I just saw a single one of them. It was alive. The size was like 1 cm. Never saw one before in my life. It peaked my interest so I decided to ask.

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Biology.SE. We will need (1) the location, (2) the type of habitat, (3) a scale (how big was that approximatively). Also, was it alive? Did you see only one of them? $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Aug 4 '16 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ It seems to be an mayfly (Ephemeroptera) and not a fly (Diptera) as it looks like it has tail cerci. If it is one, then chances are you saw multiple of them all slowly dying. $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Aug 4 '16 at 16:37
  • $\begingroup$ @Remi.b I edited the question for more information. $\endgroup$ – Rockybilly Aug 4 '16 at 16:45

It is some sort of plume moth, Pterophoridae. I can't tell what species it is, but at least you know more about where to look! Or, hopefully, someone who knows more shows up.

There are probably better places to look, but I found this list of plume moths in Turkey on Wikipedia if you want to compare.

| improve this answer | |
  • $\begingroup$ The funny thing is, if you google "t shaped fly" you can find images of this insect. :D $\endgroup$ – Rockybilly Aug 4 '16 at 17:20
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, it's very handy when animals are easy to describe! Seems like a common species is even called "T-moth" in English. $\endgroup$ – picapica Aug 4 '16 at 17:25
  • $\begingroup$ It's funny, I just saw my first one ever tonight in Newfoundland, Canada. That family seems to have a wide distribution. $\endgroup$ – Mud Warrior Aug 5 '16 at 0:25

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.