snipe fly


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snipe fly

n
(Animals) any of various predatory dipterous flies of the family Leptidae (or Rhagionidae), such as Rhagio scolopacea of Europe, having an elongated body and long legs
[named after the snipe because its flight resembles that of the bird]
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The insect at Moston that Alan believes is a snipe fly THERE was an interesting conversation in the pub this week where a friend of mine was concerned about the lack of insects spattered on his windscreen.
I believe I photographed a snipe fly at Moston Fairway, in Manchester, recently.
Anyway the snipe fly is a long-legged predator which can be seen on fence posts and plants watching for passing prey - smaller insects in flight.