Subject: Bright orange fly
Geographic location of the bug: Netherlands
Time: 12:31 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi there,
I came across this fly a few days ago in urban woodland in Groningen, Northern Netherlands. It looked like a bright orange meat fly to my inexpert eye. I’ve never seen anything like it before. It was about six to eight millimetres long and was sitting on vegetation following light rain at around 8am. I would love to know what it is!
Best wishes, thanks for any ideas!
How you want your letter signed: Mick
This is surely a distinctive looking Fly, and the one thing of which we were certain before beginning any research is that the closely spaced eyes indicates it is a male Fly. Since the UK has an extensive selection of insect identification sites, we tried searching the web for orange flies from the UK, and we discovered Phaonia pallida pictured on the Adur Flies site. Wikipedia places it in the family Muscidae with House Flies. According to NatureSpot: “Often seen in woodland” and “Larvae are associated with fungi and rotten wood.”