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Subject: Horse fly?
Location: NY lower Hudson Valley
July 12, 2013 11:23 am
Hello!
I found this large fly sunning itself on my deck umbrella this afternoon here in NY’s lower Hudson Valley. It’s body is shaped like a horse fly, but it’s markings do not match up with any horse fly pics that I’ve found. It is over an inch long in length. Is it a horse fly?
Signature: Don’t Bite Me

Horse Fly

Horse Fly

This certainly is a Horse Fly, and she does appear to be a female because of the space between her eyes.  Only female Horse Flies bite and feed on mammalian blood.  We believe we have correctly identified your Horse Fly as Tabanus trimaculatus based on photos posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: Some kind of fly?
Location: Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada
July 12, 2013 2:59 pm
I found this flying around my vegetable garden today and have not been even close to finding a similar kind online. Hopefully you have an idea? I live in Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada. It was taken on July 12, 2013 in the summer time, although it was a really windy and abnormally cool day of only 15 degrees Celsius today.
Signature: Weird garden bug!!! Guaranteed you’ve never seen one!

Tachinid FLy

Tachinid FLy

This is a Tachinid Fly, and it might possibly be Hystricia abrupta, which you may see on BugGuide.  Tachinid Flies are parasitoids, meaning they lay eggs on other insects and arthropods, and the developing larvae eventually kill the host.  Many Tachinid Flies are parasitoids of caterpillars.

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Subject: Bee mimic?
Location: Powell County, KY
July 9, 2013 7:06 pm
I took this photo today while creek walking on our property in Powell County KY. I thought it was really strange a bumble bee would be attacking another bug! Then I just thought it was the strangest bumble bee ever. Once I cropped the photos and brightened the fill light to allow more detail to be seen, I don’t think this is a bumble bee! It is one mean looking dude, I’m glad these don’t come in football size!
I appreciate your help in identifying this bug!
Signature: Sandra

Bee-Like Robber Fly eats Leaf Footed Bug

Bee-Like Robber Fly eats Big Legged Plant Bug

Dear Sandra,
The predator in your photos is a Bee Like Robber Fly in the genus
Laphria, possibly Laphria grossa.  See BugGuide for more information.  The prey is a Big Legged Plant Bug in the genus Acanthocephala, and again, more information is available on BugGuide.

Bee-Like Robber Fly eats Big Legged Bug

Bee-Like Robber Fly eats Big Legged Plant Bug

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Subject: Is this a fly?
Location: Western Washington state
July 8, 2013 4:13 pm
If so, I can’t seem to find it under North American flies. It certainly wasn’t skiddish like regular flies, as I held the phone not more than a foot from it. Nor did my movement scare it.
Thanks in advance.
-Chris
Signature: Chris

Possibly Bee Fly

Bee Fly

Hi Chris,
This is a true Fly, and it reminds us of a Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae, but we are unable to find a matching image on BugGuide.  We are seeking assistance from Eric Eaton on this ID.

Eric Eaton Concurs
Daniel:
It is indeed a bee fly, probably a species of Villa, though I’m not a certified expert on that family.
Eric

Without finding a common name for it, I did find out via google that it
is  indigenous to the PNW, though very difficult to find on the net with
maybe two photos. Though I’m not into entomology, I feel very fortunate
to have seen and photograph this elusive creature. Thanks for your help.

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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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