Subject: Wasp or fly????
Location: Cape Coral, FL
June 1, 2015 7:51 am
Found this on the porch yesterday. It’s at least an inch long and doesn’t appear to have a stinger. We live in SW Florida by the Caloosahatchee River. It was found in the middle of the afternoon. I’ve tried to ID it, but can’t find exactly what it is. But everything leads me to some sort of fly…but man does it look waspy. Please help, want to make sure it’s not dangerous. Thanks.
This harmless Mydas Fly in the family Mydidae is a magnificent insect, and many of the members of the family mimic wasps as a defense since the flies do not sting, but they benefit from resembling stinging insects. We believe we have correctly identified your Mydas Fly as Phyllomydas parvulus based on images posted to BugGuide. The Beautiful Wildlife Garden site has some great images and information.