Subject: Huge “fly” in Peru
February 15, 2014 8:17 am
My husband took this picture of an insect in the rain forest of Peru. It is about 3 inches from eye to the end of it’s “stinger-like” tail. I am having a hard time finding the right direction to identify it. He is enjoying the huge variety of insects he is seeing down there on his business trip!
This is only the second time we have received an image of a Giant Wood Fly or Timber Fly in the family Pantophthalmidae, genus Pantophthalmus. We originally misidentified it as a Horse Fly. It is our understanding that this is the bulkiest fly in the world, and you can see an image on Diptera Info held in a human hand for size comparison. More information can be found on Bug Spotlight of the UC Riverside Department of Entomology.
Thanks you so much for your fast response! I am forwarding that to him down there and tell him to keep snapping the pictures. Next time he wants to bring a better camera!
I attached a silkmoth and a giant long horned beetle picture, for your interest.
Thanks again Daniel,