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Gold Dot Black Fly
May 19, 2010
Gold Dot Black Fly
Found several of these on a deck. Early Morning in East Tn, Oak Ridge. May 19, 2010. What are they?
Curious in O R
Oak Ridge Tn

Golden Backed Snipe Fly

Dear Curious,
This distinctive fly is a Golden Backed Snipe Fly, Chrysopilus thoracicus, and it ranges throughout the eastern portions of North America.  According to BugGuide, the details of its life cycle are:  “unknown. This fly is observed in early to mid-spring perched quietly on low vegetation in deciduous woodlands.

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2 Responses to Golden Backed Snipe Fly

  1. Bev says:

    I have seen these around our house and in the woods. They do not appear aggressive and move along if you get to close. I have yet to get a picture of them because they seem shy. We live in the northern Kentucky area.

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