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Subject:  What’s that bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cabot, Pa
Date: 06/17/2018
Time: 09:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen these two “mating”?
No one in the northern part of Pennsylvania seems to know what these their bugs are?
How you want your letter signed:  Marianne Barnhart

Mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies

Dear Marianne,
Many of the images of Golden Backed Snipe Flies submitted to our site come from Pennsylvania and Ohio, and many of the images we receive of Golden Backed Snipe Flies are of mating pairs.

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Subject:  What’s this insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Houston Texas
Date: 06/16/2018
Time: 12:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We  have been searching all night to identify this bug. Please help us!
How you want your letter signed:  Drema from Houston

Giant Robber Fly:  Promachus bastardii

Dear Drema,
We believe we have correctly identified this Giant Robber Fly with its distinctive white-tipped abdomen as a male
Promachus bastardii thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Males have distinctive white tip on abdomen and white bands on thorax.”

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Subject:  Big striped bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Edmond, OK
Date: 06/15/2018
Time: 10:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My son found this bug near a creek. It looked dead, as flies were crawling on it. It’s over an inch long.
How you want your letter signed:  Gage

Cottonwood Borer

Dear Gage,
This magnificent beetle is a Cottonwood Borer, and since cottonwood trees are frequently found near water sources, that would explain the beetles proximity to the creek.  The fly appears to be a Flesh Fly.

Cottonwood Borer and Flesh Fly

 

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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

Stinkfliege

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.”

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Subject:  Monster Robberfly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Jones Hole Creek Northeast Utah, near Colorado border
Date: 06/14/2018
Time: 02:19 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this  big guy on a hiking trail with my family in north eastern Utah.     Kind of looks a bit like like a Robber Fly,  but it’s HUGE!
How you want your letter signed :  Steven Erickson & Family

Possibly Flower Loving Fly

Dear Steven,
We agree that this does resemble a Robber Fly, and being huge is not an exclusionary trait for the family as there are many very large Robber Flies, including the Bezebul Bee Eater, and though the linked image from our archives is not critically sharp, the size of the Red Wasp prey should give you some sense of scale.  We were not successful in finding a matching image on BugGuide, which might indicate it is a rarely encountered species due to the remote location, or perhaps it is not a Robber Fly.  What we can say with some degree of certainty is that this individual is female because of the space between the eyes and that is blends perfectly with the color of the sand indicating it had adapted well to the environment.  We did some additional research on BugGuide on other families in the superfamily to which the Robber Flies belong, Asiloidea, and we feel there are some Flower Loving Flies in the family Apioceridae that look quite similar, but not exactly alike, including this unidentified individual on BugGuide and this member of the genus
Apiocera on BugGuide.  Our editorial staff is currently out of the office on holiday, but next week when we return, we will consult with Eric Eaton to get his opinion.  If we are correct that this is a Flower Loving Fly in the family Apioceridae, then this will be a new category for our archives.  Also, in an effort to provide accuracy in the location, we surmise that you mean Jones Hole Creek and not Joned Hole Creek.

Robber Fly, we suspect

Update:  We just posted this image of a Stinkfliege in the family Xylophagidae and we can’t help but to entertain the possibility that this Fly might also be a member of that family.

Update:  June 16, 2018
After further pondering and a comment from Cesar Crash, we agree that this is most likely a species of Robber Fly.

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Subject:  Can’t identify this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Shanksville, Pennsylvania
Date: 06/12/2018
Time: 06:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Googled and can’t find anything
How you want your letter signed:  Kathy Laughlin

Golden Backed Snipe Fly

Dear Kathy,
It seems we get at least one or two identification requests for Golden Backed Snipe Flies from the Ohio/Pennsylvania area each year.

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