Rainieria antennaepes

Rainieria antennaepes is a species of stilt-legged flies in the family Micropezidae found in North America east of the Rocky Mountains. The name "antennaepes" means "antenna foot". They frequently hold their white-tipped front legs up and wave them around in a manner that makes them appear like the antennae of ichneumonid wasps. They feed on detritus, bird droppings, and similar waste.[1][2][3][4]

Rainieria antennaepes
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Micropezidae
Genus: Rainieria
R. antennaepes
Binomial name
Rainieria antennaepes
(Say, 1823)
  • Calobata antennaepes Say, 1823
Rainieria antennaepes

Rainieria antennaepes is the only member of its genus found in North America.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Rainieria antennaepes Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  2. ^ "Rainieria antennaepes". GBIF. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  3. ^ "Rainieria antennaepes Species Information". BugGuide.net. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  4. ^ a b Tom Murray (2012). Insects of New England and New York. ISBN 9781936571024.

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