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Subject: West Texas
Location: West Texas
May 25, 2015 12:55 pm
What is this strange bug? We have had a lot of rain lately, located in West Texas. Very interesting insect…
Signature: Ashley Jones

Robber Fly

Robber Fly

Dear Ashley,
This Robber Fly in the family Asilidae is an accomplished predator.  Based on images posted to the Plants and Insects of Goodwell and Texhoma site, this is a male
Efferia aestuans, a species with no common name.

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Subject: Please help identify this.
Location: North West Ireland
May 24, 2015 4:32 pm
This is a bug that has 6 legs. It looks like it has a very small abdomen. The bug has been seen in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland, including my bedroom window. There is a photo of it I took. I have been mystified by this insect and can’t find it anywhere online.
Signature: Justin Doherty

Male March Fly

Male St. Marks Fly

Dear Justin,
We believe this is a male, because of his big eyes, March Fly in the family Bibionidae.  Your individual looks similar to the image posted on the GoFlyFishingUK site.
  After visiting iSpotNature, we believe this is a St. Marks Fly, Bibio marci.

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Subject: Horse fly
Location: Penang Island, Malaysia
May 18, 2015 10:13 pm
I really enjoy browsing your site, so I thought I’d share these with you. I took these pictures yesterday evening. Based on what I could tell, this specimen appear to be a female horse fly though I’m not sure of the exact species.
Signature: Wei Nien

Horse Fly

Horse Fly

Good Morning Wei,
You are correct that this is a female Horse Fly.
  A quick search online did not produce any visual matches in the family Tabanidae in Malaysia.

Horse Fly

Horse Fly

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Subject: Need to identify this bug
Location: Rhode Island
May 15, 2015 9:14 am
for two days now there has been a huge number of these bugs suddenly appear in my back yard. No standing water. It is the middle of May here in Rhode Island
Signature: Sylvia

March Fly

March Fly

Hi Sylvia,
This looks like a March Fly in the family Bibionidae to us, and the large eyes indicate it is a male.  The March Fly family includes the infamous Love Bugs that are found in the south.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults emerge synchronously in huge numbers and often form dense mating aggregations. Males form loose “swarms” and copulate immediately with females as they emerge from the soil. After mating, female bibionines dig a small chamber in the soil with their fossorial fore tibiae, lay eggs, and die within the chamber (Plecia lay eggs on the soil surface). Adults are short-lived (3-7 days).”

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Subject: mosquito hawk or other?
Location: Blacksburg VA
May 15, 2015 9:50 am
This is the notorious bug we’ve all been talking about! The debate is, “Does it sting?” I would say from my experience “yes”. I cupped it in my hand to place outside and Whammy! It got me. I have to admit the mosquito hawk and the wasp type bug look very similar. So that could be a contributing factor in this hub bub of ” to sing or not to sting”
Signature: Wendy g

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Wendy,
Thanks for submitting an image of a Crane Fly, the subject to much debate in our comment section regarding stinging.  According to all reputable information we have found, including the input from Dr. Chen Young, an expert in Crane Flies, they do not sting.  Dr. Chen Young commented:  “Here is the link and in the Introduction there is statement in the first paragraph that indicates crane flies are harmless. “They are often mistaken for mosquitoes, but they belong to a group of harmless flies.” http://iz.carnegiemnh.org/cranefly/introduction.htm#Introduction
We continue to stand by that position and we will continue to allow our readership to debate the issue in our comment section of postings, but we prefer to provide no additional What’s That Bug? feedback regarding the matter.  According to Washington State University:  “Adult crane flies do not damage your lawn, nor do they bite or sting. They are harmless.”

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Subject: Help with identification
Location: Northern CA, Pacific coast
May 12, 2015 12:15 pm
This photo was taken on May 2, 2015. In a broken branch of a cherry blossom tree. We live on the far northern Pacific coast in CA. Not far from the Oregon state line. Please help in determining what this is. At first I thought wasp, but not sure about that. Can’t seem to find any photos online that match this one. Hopefully it is a simple ID for you. My daughter and her friend initially discovered it, and I felt bad that I couldn’t tell them what it was with any certainty.
Thanks for any help!
Signature: Matt in NorCal

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Matt,
This impressive insect is a Tiger Crane Fly, a harmless species that benefits from its resemblance to a stinging wasp.

Daniel, just wanted to say Thanks for the information and quick turn around time! Fantastic site – I’m disappointed I only recently discovered it.
Have a great day,
Matt

 

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