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Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Caribbean side of Costa Rica
Date: 02/15/2018
Time: 09:18 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug is about an inch and a half long. The body is orange-ish.  It came out at night but was still here in the morning.
How you want your letter signed:  Sherry Lidstone

Male Timber Fly

Dear Sherry,
This is one beautiful fly, and the large eyes indicate it is a male Fly.  Our best guess is that it might be a male Horse Fly, but we have never seen any images of Horse Flies with such unusual markings.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist us with a proper identification.

Thanks to Cesar Crash, we now know that this is a male Timber Fly in the family Pantophthalmidae.  We have images of a female Timber Fly in our archives.

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

2 Responses to Male Timber Fly from Costa Rica

  1. I think it’s Pantolphthalmidae, you have a female from Costa Rica: https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2013/05/22/horse-fly-from-costa-rica/ Adults do not feed, so they’re harmless.

    • bugman says:

      Thanks Cesar. Now we wish we would have researched what the male Timber Fly looks like because we passed by those images in our archive.

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