Subject:  Robber fly
Geographic location of the bug:  South-central New York state
Date: 06/14/2018
Time: 07:39 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I discovered this on a pepper plant on my deck, and have never seen it before. I think it may be a species of robber fly. Can you identify it?
How you want your letter signed:  Eric


Dear Eric,
This is a female Stinkfliege in the family Xylophagidae.  According to BugGuide, the female can be recognized because, among other traits, she is:  “Shiny orange with light-orange abdomen, almost white.”  Of the family, BugGuide notes:  “Adults sometimes take nectar and other fluids” and “Larvae scavengers or predators.”

Location: New York

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