Subject: Black-striped yellow fly with long snout.
Location: On border of Ontario/Minnesota (BWCAW)
August 9, 2012 10:01 am
Hi! I just found your website and it is heaven to a bug lover like me.
I’m hoping that you can ID this fly for me… thanks!
Signature: If new, do I get to name it?
Dear If new, do I get to name it?
This is either a Scaly Bee Fly or another member of the genus Lepidophora. The process for naming a new species is rather involved and generally includes publishing a technical paper describing the species. You may read more about the genus on bugGuide which includes this information: “Larvae are kleptoparasites of solitary wasps (Vespidae, Sphecidae)”. True Parasites feed off of a host. Kleptoparasites eat the food supply provided for the host by its parents.
Thank you for your response! I tried looking through your database, but couldn’t seem to get to the right area.