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Green Fly?
Location: Arkansas US
July 22, 2011 9:29 pm
We found this bug in our pool skimmer and was unable to identify it online
Signature: Ashley

Soldier Fly

Hi Ashley,
After first browsing through countless Hover Fly images from the family Syrphidae, we eventually learned this stunning green fly’s identity to be the Soldier Fly,
Odontomyia cincta, while continuing to search BugGuide.  Though there is no information on the BugGuide species page, the genus page on BugGuide provides this information:  “Adults take nectar, also sometimes found on dung” and “Eggs are laid on the edge of body of water. Larvae are aquatic, feed on algae. They stick tip of abdomen up through water surface to obtain air.

 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Arkansas

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