Empis tessellata

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Empis tessellata
Tanzfliege Dance fly.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Empididae
Genus: Empis
Subgenus: Euempis [1]
Species: E. tessellata
Binomial name
Empis tessellata
Fabricius, 1794 [2]
Empis tessellata in copula (video,1m 7s)

Empis tessellata is a large species of dance fly, in the fly family Empididae. In the United Kingdom, Adults can be seen from April to August, particularly on the flowers of umbellifers. At about 8.5–12 millimetres (0.3–0.5 in), it is the largest British Empis species, thought there are other similar sized species in mainland Europe.[1]


  1. ^ a b Collin, J. E. (1961). British Flies VI: Empididae Part 2: Hybotinae, Empidinae (except Hilara). 4. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 329. 
  2. ^ Chandler, Peter J. (1998). Checklists of Insects of the British Isles (New Series) Part 1: Diptera. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. New Series. 12. London: Royal Entomological Society of London. p. 234. ISBN 0-901546-82-8.