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Subject: Odd ant – wasp looking creature
Location: Cumming, Georgia
July 18, 2014 8:47 am
I have a vegetable garden and this guy hangs out on the outer leaves, he will walk in a complete circle over and over or just hang out on the leaf, he seems to be busy doing something but I can’t tell what. He flies from leaf to leaf and is about 1/2 in long. I have been told to kill it because it doesn’t look like it would be a beneficial bug, but I won’t until I know for sure he is not a good bug for the garden. He has been here since beginning of season, May and still here now, July, with a couple more buddies. The wing colors vary on each, but body color and shape stays the same. I say he because he kind of looks like a bada##!
Signature: Robyn Hood

Picture Winged Fly

Picture Winged Fly

Dear Robyn Hood,
This attractive fly is a Picture Winged Fly,
Delphinia picta, and according to BugGuide, it:  “Breeds in decaying organic matter, such as compost”  so you don’t need to worry about the Picture Winged Fly harming your garden.  More information is available on the Featured Creatures site, which states:  “Larvae of this fly feed on accumulations of badly decayed, sodden vegetation lying on the surface of the ground or partially buried in the soil, on rotting fruit, and on other kinds of decomposing vegetation, including bulbs of commercial onions and wild garlic … In northeastern Ohio, adults were found most commonly on herbaceous vegetation near garbage dumps and refuse heaps. “

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Subject: Picture winged fly?
Location: Galesburg, Illinois
June 24, 2014 5:24 pm
Found this little fly preening itself in the car, next to an open window. Guessing it’s, maybe, a picture winged fly? Thank you very much.
Signature: Susurra Fonseca

Picture Winged Fly

Picture Winged Fly

Dear Susurra,
You are correct that this is a Picture Winged Fly, and as you can see by the matching image on BugGuide, it is
Delphinia picta.  Your image is quite stunning.

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Subject: New Jersey Fly, help with ID request
Location: North Eastern New Jersey
June 14, 2014 3:43 pm
Hello again, was wondering if when you have time, you could help me ID a fly from New Jersey. I was breaking out my macro lens to try and get some shots today. Came across this fly that I can not identify. My thoughts are either the picture wing family or the fruit fly family. (could be light years off). What was puzzling me was the way she was sticking her ovipositor into the tree bark, her almost wasp or bee like colors and the patterns on her wings. Definitely a fly, could see the halteres, mouth parts and antenna quite clearly. Medium size. Sorry I only have close ups of her face and some blurry shots of her digging into the tree bark. (Macro stinks on moving targets.)
Would love to hear your answer but understand you are VERY busy. So if you get to them great, if not you still have my thanks for the wonderful site.
Signature: Frank from NJ

Picture Winged Fly:  Idana marginata

Picture Winged Fly: Idana marginata

Dear Frank from NJ,
We have been away from the office since June 13, and we are just catching up on old requests, by attempting to post a single request from each day we have been away.  Your request is our final obligation for today, but we may continue later.  We have identified your Picture Winged Fly as
Idana marginata thanks to images posted to BugGuide.

Picture Winged Fly

Picture Winged Fly

Once again you have my thanks. I hope you are enjoying your down time! This one was driving me crazy.

You did narrow down the family nicely.

Picture Winged Fly

Picture Winged Fly

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Subject: Unknown bug sparked my curiousity
Location: Flushing,Queens,New York
September 17, 2013 5:32 am
Hello there!
I was photographing on a beautiful sunny day at the Queens Botanical Garden in NY, when suddenly this guy came into my view. I was photographing the bees pollinating when my curiosity was sparked. I have never seen wings like these before. It was like this little insect had personality. I came into the frame, walked up to the lens, looked right at it and turned around an walked away.
Can you shed some light on what this is?
Signature: Natali S. Bravo

Picture Winged Fly

Picture Winged Fly

Hi Natali,
Your Picture Winged Fly,
Delphinia picta, is well documented on BugGuide.

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Subject: Flying bug
Location: Fayetteville, NC
June 22, 2013 4:50 pm
Can you tell what this bug is?
I found three of this crawling
along the outside wood frame of my picture window.
It’s body looks like the size of a carpenter ant, or deer fly. I can not find pictures of any with wings that look like this.
Signature: SRE

Picture Winged Fly

Picture Winged Fly

Dear SRE,
You have encountered a Picture Winged Fly,
Delphinia picta.  According to BugGuide:  “Wing pattern apparently distinctive, with two white triangles on front edge. Moves wings in rowing motion as it walks.”

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Subject: Any help
Location: stuttgart, germany
July 28, 2012 11:48 am
Hello,
any idea what kind of bug this is. its a fly, but it puts its wings upright and walks around…
Signature: jesse

Peacock Fly

Hi Jesse,
We have not had any luck with an identification, however, we are filing this under Fruit Flies because that is where we believe it belongs.

Peacock Fly

Update:  July 28, 2012
No sooner had we posted this than Jacob H. wrote in with a comment inquiring if it might be
Callopistromyia annulipes, the Peacock Fly, one of the Picture Winged Flies.  An image on BugGuide confirms that identification.  BugGuide also confirms:  “recently found in Europe.”  Picture Winged Flies resemble Fruit Flies.

Hello Mr Marlos,
Thanks for the answer, never seen a flying bug put its wing straight up..
Thanks,
Jesse

 

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