sackens bee robber?
May 23, 2010
around beehives, 5/8th of an inch
southern ohio

Mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies

Dear Andrea,
This is a gorgeous photo of mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies, Chrysopilus thoracicus.

Golden Backed Snipe Flies were not in my Field Guide of Insects & Spiders , Closest picture I found was of the Sacken’s Bee Hunter.
This morning there were probably 30 flying about, I was hoping they were not honey bee predators since they were all in the general area of a hive & I have never noticed this insect before the hive was installed
I can research now that I know what they are

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