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Subject: need help identification,
Location: Saugus, California,
August 12, 2012 6:34 pm
Dear ______,
I found this weird insect on the kitchen cabinet today, It looked like a bee but also look like a fly. It is about half an inch long and about a size of a bee. It had the yellow and black stripes on it like a bee, but doesn’t have that one fuzzy abdomen or fuzz at all like a honey bee or a bumble bee. It also had no antennas, but what really got me is the eyes were on top of its head close together like they were touching, and they were big and round like balls, but they had tons of small yellow stripes.
I wasn’t sure if I should look under bee or fly for identifying it,
Unfortunately it got away so I couldn’t get a picture but I used photoshop and drew the best i can of it.
Please respond if you can,
Signature: kelsey

Eristalinus taeniops, we believe

Hi kelsey,
We love your drawing.  We believe that based on your interpretive drawing, your excellent description and your location that you discovered a Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae, a family that includes many member that mimic bees and wasps.  Furthermore, we are quite confident that it is
Eristalinus taeniops, a species with no common name.  According to BugGuide, it is:  ” A widespread Old World species introduced to California.”

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Subject: Black-striped yellow fly with long snout.
Location: On border of Ontario/Minnesota (BWCAW)
August 9, 2012 10:01 am
Hi! I just found your website and it is heaven to a bug lover like me.
I’m hoping that you can ID this fly for me… thanks!
Signature: If new, do I get to name it?

Scaly Bee Fly

Dear If new, do I get to name it?
This is either a Scaly Bee Fly or another member of the genus
Lepidophora.  The process for naming a new species is rather involved and generally includes publishing a technical paper describing the species.  You may read more about the genus on bugGuide which includes this information:  “Larvae are kleptoparasites of solitary wasps (Vespidae, Sphecidae)”.  True Parasites feed off of a host.  Kleptoparasites eat the food supply provided for the host by its parents.

Thank you for your response! I tried looking through your database, but couldn’t seem to get to the right area.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
August 6, 2012 2:15 pm
What is this? Photographed in central Newfoundland, Canada in late July.
Signature: JC

Phantom Crane Fly

Hi JC,
This amazing creature is a Phantom Crane Fly, a species that BugGuide indicates is found near  “Swamps and similar wetlands.”

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Subject: Help identifying bug-please?
Location: Michigan
August 6, 2012 7:44 am
Found this guy on my apartment deck. Staring at me. Husband thought it was a cicada, but I’m not sure. It was pretty big-Bigger than my thumb for sure.
Signature: Oddly Fascinated.

Horse Fly

Dear Oddly Fascinated,
This is a Horse Fly and it appears to be a male because of the close set eyes.  See our own Male and Female Horse Fly Eye Comparison.  Only female Horse Flies are Blood Suckers.  We believe the species may be
Tabanus atratus, the Black Horse Fly, based on images posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: What is the name of this fly?
Location: Catalina Island
August 4, 2012 2:08 am
I saw this interesting fly on a plant on the Wrigley Botanical Garden and could not find it listed in any Catalina Island guidebook. I believe the order is Diptera. Can you identify the family, genus and species, please?
Signature: Rosemarie

Spiny Tachinid Fly

Hi Rosemarie,
This is one of the Tachinid Flies in the family Tachinidae.  Tachinid Flies are a diverse family, and according to Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin:  “Most species of this group resemble overgrown House Flies but are covered with extra-heavy stiff bristles.  The thorax is usually a solid color and is not banded lengthwise as it is in other domestic flies.  Tachinid Flies are often seen flying closely over or crawling through low vegetation in search of insect larvae (cutworms and the like) upon which to lay their eggs.  The larvae are parasitoids that feed internally on the host; as the hosts are caterpillars, including cutworms and loopers, Tachinid Flies are considered beneficial to the gardener and farmer.”  We believe this is the Spiny Tachina Fly,
Paradejeania rutilioides, based on images posted to BugGuide and the range which is the southwest portion of North America.  Often island populations evolve into distinct subspecies and we are not certain if this is the case with the Santa Catalina Island population.  BugGuide lists the host as the larvae of Edwards’ Glassy-Wing, a species of Tiger Moth that feeds on oak in its larval stage.

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Subject: Me again!
Location: Welland Ontario
August 3, 2012 5:09 pm
Sorry, to bother you again, and thank you for answering my last inquiry. There are these flies/bee things here and they are soooooo big. No clue what they are, could you please see if you can help me out again?? I thought maybe horse/deer flies, but nothing is as big as these are. The pics don’t do the size justice. I shouldn’t have zoomed in, but I wasn’t getting close lol
Signature: Thanks a bunch! Julie

Tiger Bee Fly

Hi Julie,
This Tiger Bee Fly,
Xenox tigrinus, is perfectly harmless.  According to BugGuide it is:  ” A large Bee Fly with a distinctive wing pattern. Note the large, wrap-around eyes.”

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