Subject: Mystery fly
Location: Big Cypress Oasis Visitor Center, Everglades, FL
October 2, 2015 11:59 am
Hello there! I am an insect person who loves insects and is hoping to maybe become an entomologist one day. I have many insect pictures which I am trying to identify. I also have a collection of insects I find every now and then dead on the ground. (I don’t kill bugs for my collection, I only take them if they are dead). I do however have many I cannot identify. I have tried my 5 insect guides, google search, many bug identification guides online, and google image search but have came up empty handed. One of which I have failed to identify is this blue fly I found in the everglades. It was taken with a Sony-cyber shot camera. So I was wondering if you could help identify this insect. Thank you!
Signature: Cicada lover
Dear Cicada Lover,
This gorgeous creature is not a fly. It is a Cuckoo Wasp in the family Chrysididae and probably in the Subfamily Chrysidinae which is pictured on BugGuide. We are very fascinated with your “dead insect” collection philosophy.