Geographic location of the bug: Shasta lake CA
Time: 12:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Found this scary looking bug on my peppermint plant this morning and I can’t figure out what it is. Please help!
How you want your letter signed: Perplexed Peppermint
Dear Perplexed Peppermint,
We will attempt to identify this Fly for you.
Eric Eaton Responds
One of these, I believe: https://bugguide.net/node/view/53713
Family is Xylophagidae, with no common name in English, naturally….
Lead author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
Update: Frequent WTB? contributor Cesar Crash believes this is a female Snipe Fly in the genus Rhagio which is pictured on BugGuide .
Update from Eric Eaton:
Well, I’ll be….I stand corrected. It *is* a Rhagio sp. Did not know they got that large and that “red” in California.
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America