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