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Subject:  What type of fly is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Los Angeles, California
Date: 09/19/2017
Time: 11:28 PM EDT
Hello, Bugman
Can you tell me what type of fly this is? Luckily it stayed on my hand long enough for me to take a somewhat clear image. I found this near my garden in Los Angeles.
How you want your letter signed:  Nancy

Mediterranean Fruit Fly

Dear Nancy,
Were you in Los Angeles in the 1980s?  This is a Mediterranean Fruit Fly, the dreaded Med Fly that caused so many millions of dollars to be spent on aerial spraying of malathion with helicopters.  We identified your Med Fly thanks to images posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “One of the world’s most destructive fruit pests, and the most economically important fruit fly species. Each infestation detected in FL and CA triggered massive eradication and detection effort. In CA, large numbers of sterile males are released and are not uncommon in some places. A female would be a sign of an infestation, and should be reported immediately. Females have a visible ovipositor on the rear tip of the abdomen and lack the ornamented hairs on the male head.”  We do not see an ovipositor and it appears your individual has hairs on the head, so we suspect it is a male.  Though it is not identified as a female, this BugGuide image appears to be of a female.

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Subject: What is this pretty little thing?
Location: Roseville, Michigan, USA
July 4, 2017 9:23 am
Saw 2 of these on my sunflower leaves this morning. It was super tiny, but so pretty. especially it’s wings. Can you tell me what it is possible?
Thanks!
Pam Clarke
Signature: Thanks so much!

Sunflower Maggot Fly

Dear Pam,
We quickly identified your Sunflower Maggot Fly,
Strauzia longipennis, thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “While infestation levels have occasionally reached nearly 100%, damage within sunflower stalks from larval feeding usually is light.” 

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Subject: WTB?!
Location: Denver area (larva); east of Phoenix (Thrips & E. acutangulus)
December 12, 2016 10:37 pm
Hello,
I’m trying to positively identify three insects so their Genus species can be part of the file name which will have the Genus species of the flowering plant, too. (You’ll see.)
I’ll include all three images and note that I’m pretty sure I’ve tracked down the fruit fly name, Euarestoides acutangulus, though if you think otherwise, I’m all ears. Or, at least, eyes.
The (I think sawfly) larva is on a pincushion cactus blossom and might be two inches long? This is mid-May along the southern edge of the Denver area (Highland Ranch).
The Thrips is on a Mexican gold poppy, while the fruit fly is on a desert chicory. Both were shot in mid-March, east of Phoenix at about 2,100 feet elevation.
I appreciate your even taking the time to consider these.
Best,
Signature: Mark Bennett

Fruit Fly

Fruit Fly

Dear Mark,
We are more than happy to attempt your identifications, but we do have several requests.  First, please confine any future submissions to a single species, with the only exceptions being closely related species observed at the same time, like two swallowtail butterflies visiting the same blossoms, or if there is a predator/prey relationship documented.  Multiple species not all observed at the same time or place does create problems for us in the archive process.  Also please include higher resolution images that are not cropped too tightly.  We are currently attempting to standardize the images on our site to 800 pixels wide by 550 pixels high at 72 dpi.  All your submitted images are considerably smaller and they are odd shaped crops.  We agree that your Fruit Fly is
Euarestoides acutangulus based on the wing patterns evident in several BugGuide images, but BugGuide has no information on the species, which is reported in Arizona.  It is also pictured on iNaturalist.  According to ResearchGate:  “Information on the life cycle of Euarestoides acutangulus (Thomson), including observations on feeding and reproductive behavior, is presented. The fly is bivoltine in central coastal California, with overwintering occurring as diapausing pupae. Eggs were laid in the staminate florets of the host plant, Ambrosia chamissonis (Lessing) Greene (Compositae), and hatched in 4 days. Larvae fed upon the anthers of unopened florets. The amount of damage caused to a staminate head depended upon the number of larvae reaching maturity and the number of florets within the head. Larvae generally completed development in 23 days. Pupation occurred among the destroyed florets. The pupal period of non-diapausing pupae required 12 days.”  The host plant, according to CalFlora, is ” a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.” 

Hello Daniel,
Here are the three images in their uncropped state. Note, these uncropped images are artwork to me, not science. As such, they are entered in competition at a gallery and could, with luck and the favor of the judges, be selected for display. And, with more luck and perseverance, become salable prints. THUS, please observe my copyright restrictions — you may use the images on your web site and archive, for educational purposes, but they can not be reproduced or shared or in any method used for commercial purposes by you, What’s That Bug?, or any other entity without my express permission. If these terms are acceptable, and accepted, then we’re good. If not, then please delete the attached file(s).
Thanks. I do hope these help the organization.
Mark
Mark Bennett Photography
markbennettphoto.com

Rafinesequia neomexicana blossom Euarestoides acutangulus fruit fly desert-chicory 20130316 10cc

Rafinesequia neomexicana blossom
Euarestoides acutangulus fruit fly
desert-chicory 20130316 10cc

Dear Mark,
Thanks for providing the higher resolution files.  Just so you know, the maximum size file we post is 800 pixels by 550 pixels at 72 dpi, so they will not be suitable for reproduction purposes should anyone download images from our site.  We do respect your wishes.  We occasionally allow images from our site to be used for non-profit, educational purposes, but we always request that the person requesting the use place a comment on the posting.  Since we are including a link to your site with the posting, people can contact you directly.  We will be cropping your high resolution images and moving your copyright information so it is embedded in the image.  Thanks again.

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Subject: Unidentifiable fly
Location: Republic of Congo (Odzala NP)
July 7, 2016 1:42 am
For almost a year now I have been trying to identify this fly. Still, I have not found what species it is. My guess is that it belongs to the Ulidiidae, but I am not sure. Does anyone have an idea what species this fly could be? I photographed it in the Republic of the Congo
Signature: Daniel Nelson

Possibly Picture Winged Fly

Possibly Picture Winged Fly

Dear Daniel,
We agree that this could be a Picture Winged Fly in the family Ulidiidae, but we would seriously consider expanding the possibilities to include the superfamily Tephritoidea that includes Ulidiidae.  The perspective of your image, while quite artful, is not ideal for identification purposes if considered alone.  We once recall reading that four different views are helpful in identifying Robber Flies:  dorsal, lateral, head showing eyes and one other view that currently escapes our memory.  Alas, we cannot locate where we read that.  Furthermore, while quite pretty, many small flies do not command the same attention as large and showy butterflies, moths and beetles that are all much better represented on the internet.  Species from Africa are far less well documented on the internet than North American, Australian and British species.  We feel if you are only depending upon the internet, exact species identification based on this single image might not be possible.  With all that stated, we are posting your gorgeous image and we appeal to our readership to provide comments with any suggestions they may have.

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Subject: what insec
Location: standerton, south africa
August 29, 2015 9:17 am
I have never seen this insect before, living in the same town for 30 years….
Signature: solene

PIcture Winged Fly

PIcture Winged Fly

Hi Solene,
This reminded us of a Fruit Fly in the family Tephritidae, so we searched iSpot for South African species, and though we did not find an exact match, we did find several images that looked very similar, including this iSpot posting, though it is only identified to the family level.  The common name for the family in South Africa is Picture Winged Fly, but that same name is used on iSpot for the family Ulidiidae as well.  We are confident that in South Africa, Picture Winged Fly is an appropriate name for your individual, though we cannot say for certain to which family it belongs.

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Subject: What’s My Bug
Location: Colorado
July 3, 2015 6:48 pm
I photographed this little guy at a place called Crystal Lake, about 50 miles outside of Denver, Colorado. I really love his eyes. Can you tell me what he is please?
Signature: Ornithocheirus

Fruit Fly

Fruit Fly

Dear Ornithocheirus,
Based on images posted to BugGuide, we have identified your Fruit Fly as a member of the genus
Paracantha, however the three species listed look remarkably similar and Colorado seems to be within the range of all three species, so we are reluctant to go further than identifying the genus.

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