Better photos (hopefully) of” Looks like an ant but has strange wings”
August 8, 2009
Here are some new photos, maybe they are better than the last one I submitted. I am stumped, Bugman. Is this a fly or an ant? I see them on the west side of my house usually in the morning before it gets too hot. I have looked at hundreds of photos of flying insects on your site and on the web and have yet to figure out this mystery bug. They are the size of an ant with one pair of black roundish wings. Can you solve the mystery?
This is a Picture Winged Fly, Delphinia picta, and according to BugGuide, it: “Breeds in decaying organic matter, such as compost.” ONe reader once described its head as looking like that of a horse.