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Subject:  Scary!
Geographic location of the bug:  Shasta lake CA
Date: 04/30/2019
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

Snipe Fly

Dear Perplexed Peppermint,
We will attempt to identify this Fly for you.

Eric Eaton Responds
Daniel:
One of these, I believe:  https://bugguide.net/node/view/53713
Family is Xylophagidae, with no common name in English, naturally….
Eric
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.
Eric
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Shasta Lake, California

6 Responses to Female Snipe Fly

  1. I think it’s a female Snipe Fly Rhagio sp.

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