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Subject: Darth Vader bug
Location: north Illinois WI border
July 7, 2013 5:57 pm
This black insect died next to me . The insect is all black one inch long with a wingspan of 1 1/4 Inch. The eyes are the most interesting
Signature: jack Speer

Male Black Horse Fly

Male Black Horse Fly

Hi Jack,
This is a male Black Horse Fly,
Tabanus atratus, and this submission from 2010 also described it as looking like Darth Vader.  The eyes of male Horse Flies have no spacing between them, while the eyes of female Horse Flies have a noticeable space.  Only female Horse Flies suck the blood from warm blooded creatures, and they will bite humans if there is no livestock upon which to feed.  According to BugGuide:  “Females feed on mammalian blood, while males, which lack mandibles, feed on nectar and plant juices (Long 2001). This species especially prone to attack cattle and other livestock.”

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Subject: Wasp like insect
Location: North-east England
July 5, 2013 4:59 am
Came across this bizzare white wasp type insect earlier, I’ve never seen one before and was wondering what it was, I got a pretty good picture of it :)
Signature: Beth

Hover Fly

Hover Fly

Hi Beth,
This is a Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae, and members of the family are also commonly called Flower Flies.  We have identified your individual as Volucella pellucens thanks to the Woodland and Hedgerow Hoverflies page and the Hoverflies of Adur page.  We also have an awkward view in our own archives.

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Subject: Looks like 2 insects connected
Location: Edmonton Canada
July 4, 2013 9:14 pm
Found this in my vegetable garden. At first i thought it was 2 insects really close to each other until it jumped away. Googled and googled and can not find. I am in edmonton , alberta. Canada Thanks
Signature: Huh!

Mating Crane Flies

Mating Crane Flies

Dear Huh!,
These are mating Crane Flies.  Crane Flies do not bite nor sting.

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Subject: Modernist Bug
Location: Vail, AZ
July 4, 2013 11:28 am
This is the first of this kind I have noticed. Was photographed on the Arizona Trail near Three Bridges. Landed in front of me like a grasshopper.
Signature: Carl

Robber Fly

Robber Fly

Hi Carl,
This is a Robber Fly and your individual is one impressive looking predator.  We are not certain of the species, but it does resemble members on the genus
Polacantha pictured on BugGuide where the information provided states that Polacantha arctuata is found in Arizona.  All of the photos on BugGuide of the species are males and we cannot locate any photos of females.  We believe your Robber Fly is a female.  We cannot locate any other images of Polacantha arctuata on the internet.  Your individual appears to lack the striped abdomen found on Promachus sackeni which is pictured on BugGuide.  While we cannot be certain of the species, we can tell you that Robber Flies are very adept predators and they often take large winged prey in flight.  Many species feed on large bees and wasps.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck with a species identification.

Wow! Thank you!

Eric Eaton Responds to our request
Daniel:
Eric Fisher is the go-to person for robber flies.  I’m sorry, I don’t have his e-mail address in my contact file….
This one appears to be a male in the genus Proctacanthus, if I know anything at all (which is sometimes suspect with asilids!).
Eric 

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Subject: What is this beautiful guy?
Location: Columbus, OH
July 3, 2013 8:44 pm
Saw him on our burning bush out front. Didn’t want to get too close. Guessing a solitary wasp/fly of some kind? Thanks for any help!
Signature: Thanks, Nick

Mydas Fly

Mydas Fly

Dear Nick,
The Mydas Fly,
Mydas clavatus, that you submitted is a very effective wasp mimic, but we are not entirely certain of the connectivity of this species to other orders in the Complex Web of Life.

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Subject: White Fly
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
June 30, 2013 6:55 pm
I’ve never seen a white fly before, there are some black stripes on it’s back, and big red eyes. I saw it on a tree while walking my dogs in early spring. I tried to find it online, but nothing looked like this. Do you know what it is?
Signature: Emily Rose

Unknown Fly

Root Maggot Fly

Hi again Emily,
We haven’t the time to try to identify this Fly at this time, so we are posting it as unidentified and we hope one of our readers might be able to provide some information.

Instantaneous Update:  Root Maggot Fly
Thanks to Katy for providing an identification and a link to BugGuide and the Root Maggot Fly, Anthomyia oculifera.

Excellent, a community effort! I also posted to fb for identification too, and everyone is stumped so far on this guy.

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