Summer Solstice (06/21/2006) What’s this bug?
Bug Man,
Can you identify this fly? I can’t help much as this is the only time I have ever seen it. I can tell you that it was seen near a drainage culvert that runs along side a soybean farm near Flint Michigan. June 12 2006 was the date I photographed it. As you can see in the photos it has a gold spot on top and four white stripes on each side of its abdomen. at the base of its antenna it looked like 3 little balls stacked one on top of the other. Its not much to go on but I hope that helped some. I’m real curious to hear what you have to say.
Craig Putnam

Hi Craig,
Yours is the third image of a Golden Backed Snipe Fly, Chrysopilus thoracicus, that we received this June.

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