Subject: Unknown fly from western MD
Location: Western Maryland
May 30, 2013 2:36 am
Another query for you. This one I’m fairly sure is a fly, at least. I looked through the fly pages, but couldn’t find anything that looked similar.
Photo was taken 5/26/13 in Swallow Falls State Park in western Maryland, in a forested area about 100 yards away from the river. Subject was about the size of a regular house fly. Apologies for the lack of detail, picture taken with iphone.
Signature: long time reader, first time caller
Dear long time reader,
We believe this is a Snipe Fly. You can compare your image to the Common Snipe Fly, Rhagio mystaceus, photos on BugGuide. There isn’t much species information posted, but the data page shows most sightings in May and June. The family page on BugGuide states: “Both adults and larvae are predaceous on a variety of small insects.”