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Subject: Assassin nymph eating fly
Location: Amarillo, TX
April 24, 2016 7:05 am
Hey bugman!
I spotted a tiny assassin bug carrying a house fly around in our yard yesterday and wanted to share. Hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend!
Signature: Brittani Hinders

Assassin Bug eats Fly

Assassin Bug eats Fly

Dear Brittani,
We believe that based on this BugGuide image, your Assassin Bug nymph is
Zelus luridus.

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Subject: Bug identification
Location: Cambridge, England
April 19, 2016 3:19 am
Please could you tell me what this is I found it in my garden
Signature: Ann Clarke

Greater Bee Fly

Greater Bee Fly

Dear Ann,
You did not specify which City of Cambridge, but since your Greater Bee Fly,
Bombylius major, is found in both North America and Europe, it does not affect our identification.  The Greater Bee Fly is a harmless, beneficial pollinator.

Cambridge in England.

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Subject: Please help!
Location: Savannah Ga
April 17, 2016 3:42 pm
Please help me identify this bug I have seen them by the door. I’m afraid they are wasps!
Signature: Jenny

Stilt Legged Fly

Stilt Legged Fly

Dear Jenny,
Fear Not.  This is a harmless Stilt Legged Fly,
Grallipeza nebulosa, not a Wasp.  The species is pictured on BugGuide, and members of the family Micropezidae, according to BugGuide, are:  “Known for their walking around and lifting their prominently marked front legs imitating ichneumon wasps.”

My fear has subsided.  Glad I found this site. Thank you so much!
Jennifer

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Subject: What is this
Location: Northern ca
April 16, 2016 1:21 pm
Hey Mr Bugman
What the heck is this…..all of a Sudden they are all over our garden.
Thanks
Signature: Dennis

Flower Fly

Flower Fly

Dear Dennis,
This Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae is a beneficial insect.  The Syrphid Fly larvae feed on Aphids and other agricultural and ornamental plant pests, and the adults are beneficial pollinators.  Many adult Flower Flies mimic stinging bees and wasps, though they are themselves quite harmless as they neither sting nor bite.  We will attempt to identify your Flower Fly by species, but BugGuide has an enormous archive to sift through.

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Subject: Bee or ant ?
Location: Argentina
April 14, 2016 9:32 am
hello, i can’t see if this bugs are ants with wings or bees
Signature: Mario

Lovebugs

Lovebugs

Dear Mario,
These are neither ants nor bees, but rather, they are flies.  More specifically, they are March Flies and we believe they are in the genus
Plecia whose members are commonly called Lovebugs because they appear in large swarms that contain numerous mating pairs.  More on Lovebugs can be found on BugGuide and on University of Florida Entomology site.

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Subject: Wingless soldier fly
Location: Sodwalls, NSW Australia
April 10, 2016 3:45 pm
Thank you for your reply to my query about how to add photos. Here is a photo of the bug which l finally identified as boreoides subulatus.
Signature: Elizabeth

Wingless Female Soldier Fly: Boreoides subulatus

Wingless Female Soldier Fly: Boreoides subulatus

Dear Elizabeth,
Thanks so much for submitting your high quality image of a flightless female Soldier Fly from Australia,
Boreoides subulatus.  The first time we received an image of this species, it created quite a stir in our offices. 

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