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Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

Subject: Fredericton
Location: Bar Harbor, Maine
October 8, 2014 1:16 pm
Sailing along in the north end of Frenchmans Bay (Bar Harbor) in Maine last week, we met this beautiful flying insect. I see that others have already identified it as a phantom crane fly, but I thought the photo I got of it would be of some use and enjoyment. It landed on our wire rigging and stayed for about an hour. The large thorax looks like a backpack. Note the thin, feathery antennae.
Signature: David Coombs

Hi Dave,
The Phantom Crane Fly is surely an ethereal creature.  Thanks for sending us your images.

Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

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Subject: Another example of Tachinid Fly with Fungus Infection??
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
October 6, 2014 3:21 am
Hi all,
I think this is another example (found 6th October 2014) of a Tachinid Fly with the pathogenic fungus Enthomphthora Muscae, it just looks as if it flew straight into my back door and died on impact. Possibly the same as on your web page:  http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2009/12/25/tachinid-fly-we-believe/
Can you please confirm that it is a Tachinid Fly? As I don’t believe there are any ‘natural’ black and white stripped fly’s here in the UK that look like this one.
Kind regards
Signature: Milly – Birmingham (UK)

Tachinid Fly with Fungus Infection

Tachinid Fly with Fungus Infection

Hi Millie,
We agree with both your identification and your diagnosis.  As Karl indicated in the link you provided:  “There are numerous photos on the internet that look very similar to this this. The white banding occurs as the fungus bursts out between the abdominal segments (presumably just before the victim expires).”

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Subject: Bug Love – Flies from Italy
Location: Italy (Lazio)
October 6, 2014 3:59 am
Hey Bugman,
These two flies were flying around one on top of the other, and they eventually landed on a plant.
I am not particularly curious of the species. I just wanted to send you this for the Bug Love section.
Ciao, Saverio
Signature: Saverio

Mating Tachinid Flies

Mating Tachinid Flies

Dear Saverio,
Our hunch was that these were mating Tachinid Flies, and upon doing some research, we found we are correct.  We initially identified them as
Ectophasia crassipennis on the Insects of France website where we learned:  “This fly lives in southern Europe and in the warm parts of Central Europe. Not in the Netherlands like some other members of the subfamily. … Males and females are different. The brownish yellow abdomen of the male has a wide black stripe.  The female lays the eggs directly into the host  the shield bug (Pentatomidae)  Length 5 – 9 mm. May – September.”  We verified the identification on another French site.

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Subject: Large bee in North bay northern Ontario.
Location: Calendor northern Ontario
September 28, 2014 4:31 am
We noticed lots of bees on this particular fall day. Cannot seem to find any similar to identify.
Signature: Carol S Amour

Syrphid Fly, we believe

Syrphid Fly, we believe

Dear Carol,
This is not a bee.  If you inspect the image closely, you will see only one pair of wings, indicating that this is a fly, albeit one that mimics bees.  We believe your fly is in the family Syrphidae, the Hover Flies and Flower Flies, and many members in the family mimic bees and wasps as a means of protection.
  Though we have not had any luck locating an exact match, we believe your individual most closely resembles the members of the subgenus Eoseristalis that are pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: Is this a bee or a fly?
Location: San Diego, Ca
September 23, 2014 3:52 pm
This was taken just now in San Diego County at a horse ranch. I couldn’t see a stinger but it appeared to have one on its face! It was very fuzzy and quite frankly, very cute.
Signature: Suburban Adventuress

Bee Fly

Bee Fly

Dear Suburban Adventuress,
This Fly is commonly called a Bee Fly and it is in the family Bombyliidae.

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Subject: Insect identification
Location: Warren County, NJ
September 21, 2014 4:11 pm
Hey Bugman,
I saw this interesting character on my front window in western New Jersey.
I’m curious as to what it is.
Thanks!
Signature: Jojo

Giant Crane Fly

Giant Crane Fly

Hi Jojo,
We posted another image of a Giant Crane Fly earlier today.  Giant Crane Flies are attracted to lights.

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