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Location details: Country - India,

State - Tamil Nadu,

District- Chennai.

Found this fly in my backyard keen to know its exact name. Thanks for the help

  • $\begingroup$ Please provide your geographic location. Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – user22020
    Jan 4, 2018 at 13:11
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    $\begingroup$ The antenna seen here is not that of Scathophaga (which would have a strong bristle at the front base of the last segment); I'm thinking Tabanidae, but not knowing where the photo was taken IS a huge handicap (from the OP's handle, perhaps Indian subcontinent?). Another photograph showing the rear end of the critter would be nice as well (but probably impossible; I'm sure the animal is no longer available). $\endgroup$
    – user32396
    Jan 4, 2018 at 21:23
  • $\begingroup$ @ArthurJFrost side view & additional pics added. $\endgroup$ Jan 6, 2018 at 7:49
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    $\begingroup$ @Charles location details added. $\endgroup$ Jan 6, 2018 at 7:49
  • $\begingroup$ @Ναείστεαισιόδοξοι The large space between their two eyes doesn't match up with fly you mentioned and any link can be provided will be useful to confirm this species. $\endgroup$ Jan 6, 2018 at 7:55

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Definitely Stratiomyidae, probably genus Odontomyia. Very widespread and species-rich genus. Here is an example of Odontomyia - not the same species - https://www.flickr.com/photos/63075200@N07/sets/72157632905103705/.

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    $\begingroup$ Can you add a source, an image and explanation why you think this is correct? As if now it's just a comment really. $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Mar 11, 2018 at 11:16

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