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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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Strange Pink Eyed Bug – With wings!
Location: Northern NJ – Essex County
October 3, 2011 9:29 am
Hi there,
I’m hoping you can identify the flying bug in this photo. I’ve never seen anything like this. I sent the pic to my friend who used to work in the park services and is now a science teacher and she had no idea what it was.
I took this pic on October 1st in the morning. I bug was hanging out on my friend’s car.
Thank you for any help!
Signature: Jessica L.

Picture Winged Fly

Hi Jessica,
This is a Picture Winged Fly in the family Ulidiidae, and we believe we have correctly identified it as
Delphinia picta.  According to BugGuide, it “Breeds in decaying organic matter, such as compost.”

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ant type insect with black wings
Location: Lexington, KY
May 7, 2011 1:11 pm
as of yesterday, I have many of these on both of my cars and walking along the front of my painted brick house and my neighbors stone house. (I live in Lexington, KY) Thanks for helping me to identify these and possibly assist me in treatment to use if they are destructive.
Signature: Diane Davis

Picture Winged Fly

Dear Diane,
The Picture Winged Fly,
Delphinia picta, is a common species that according to BugGuide:  “Breeds in decaying organic matter, such as compost.“  Perhaps you have a compost pile or a newly fertilized lawn that is causing the significant numbers of Picture Winged Flies near your home.

Picture Winged Fly

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Winged ant?
May 1, 2010
I have seen this insect many times in Texas. The wings are oriented in a peculiar way on the thorax. They fan out rather than lay flat on the back. What is this insect and does it sting? Perhaps it is a fly?
Taylor
Texas

Picture Winged Fly

Hi Taylor,
You have submitted an image of a Picture Winged Fly, Delphinia picta.  According to BugGuide it:  “Breeds in decaying organic matter, such as compost.

Thank you for the speedy response! You have a wonderful website!
Best,
Taylor

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