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Subject: insect identification
Location: central New Jersey
April 22, 2015 7:38 am
I live in New Jersey and I want to know the name of an insect with a skinny body and black and white striped legs. The legs look as if they are lit up
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Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

This distinctive Crane Fly is commonly called a Phantom Crane Fly, a name that refers to the appearing and disappearing act that occurs when it flies feebly from sun to shade, an optical illusion created because of the boldly striped legs.

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Subject: a bee or not a bee; that is the question…
Location: Northern England
April 20, 2015 9:11 am
Sorry – couldn’t resist! This little fellow was alongside a bumble bee on my muscari this morning and I managed to get two photos. I can’t remember seeing one before. Please help 🙂
Many thanks
Signature: regards, Heather Cahill

Greater Bee Fly

Greater Bee Fly

Dear Heather,
This is NOT a Bee, but rather, a Greater Bee Fly, a harmless pollinating insect.  Flies have a single pair of wings while other flying insects have two pairs of wings.

Greater Bee Fly

Greater Bee Fly

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Subject: Do you know what this bug is?
Location: Chester England UK
April 19, 2015 7:44 am
Found on doorstep have posted on Facebook but none of my friends recognise it.
Signature: Karen

Greater Bee Fly

Greater Bee Fly

Dear Karen,
This is a Greater Bee Fly, a harmless pollinating insect that is found in North America as well as Europe.

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Subject: Flying insect identification
Location: Pacific Northwest, Southwest Washington state
April 11, 2015 11:21 am
Hello,
I live in a wooded area of southwest Washington state and saw this insect on the door of our shed. I tried to look up something on it, but can’t seem to find anything. You you please help?
Thank you
Signature: Tia Miller

Crane Fly

Tiger Crane Fly

Dear Tia,
This distinctive insect is a Tiger Crane Fly,
Phoroctenia vittata angustipennis.  As it does not sting nor bite, it is a harmless insect.

Crane Fly

Tiger Crane Fly

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Subject: What kind of insect is this?
Location: Wesley Chapel, Florida
April 11, 2015 7:42 am
Hello Bugman,
I have a butterfly garden in Florida and have found many strange insects but cannot figure out what this little guy is.
Any information is much appreciated!
Signature: Michele M.

Male Horse Fly: Chlorotabanus crepuscularis

Male Horse Fly: Chlorotabanus crepuscularis

Dear Michele,
This is really a gorgeous image of a male Horse Fly. We verified its identity as
Chlorotabanus crepuscularis on BugGuide where it states: “Females feed on mammalian blood.  …  As with all the blood-feeding tabanids, the females are responsive to Carbon Dioxide. I caught over 500 females in one night with a trap baited with dry ice in coastal South Carolina. Will also come to lights at night.  Regarded as a pest species in Florida.”  The closeness of the eyes indicates that this is a non-biting male Horse Fly.  Female Horse Flies have a space between the eyes.

Wow!  A horse fly!
I never would have guessed!
I love insects and never use pesticides.  I just love seeing their beauty up close.
Amazing!!!
Thanks so much for your speedy answer and expertise,
Michele Mistretta

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Subject: What is this?
Location: England, uk
April 10, 2015 5:52 am
Just wondering what this is and if it’s harmless? Thank you
Signature: Kelly

Flightless Fly

What’s This Australian Soldier Fly doing in England???

Dear Kelly,
For now, we are calling this by the oxymoronic name of flightless Fly.  We are certain it is in the order Diptera, but beyond that, we cannot say at this time.  It does not appear to be the flightless Crane Fly Epidapus venaticus that we found pictured on the Earth Life Web Fly Page as the antennae are quite different from the linked drawing.
  We are going to seek some other opinions.

Chen Young provides some information
Hi Daniel,
Your doubt has its merit, this is not a crane fly and I don’t know off hand who she is.  I will need to ask my colleague about this one.  Could you provide me with the information as where this lady is from?  Please double check with your source, my friend does not believe that this fly has an European origin.
Thanks,
Chen

Hi Daniel,
My colleague Dr. Martin Hauser from California Department of Food and Agriculture has identified your wingless fly as a primitive soldier fly Boreoides subulatus  (family  Stratiomyidae) from Australia, and they are found only in Australia.  Perhaps your source did not understand the importance of locality of the bugs when come to identification.
I have done a little more checking around and noticed that you had a webpage about this wingless fly.  They might look slight different but I think it is caused by the camera angle and lighting effect.
2010/04/03/mystery-of-the-month-mating-flies-from-australia/
Thanks,
Chen

Thanks so much for the response Chen.  We will try to get some verification from Kelly regarding the location of the sighting, and also if anyone in the area recently returned from Australia.

Eric Eaton Concurs
Gentlemen:
I looked this up online myself and came to the same conclusion as Martin Hauser, but did not reply because of the locality being the UK rather than Australia.
Eric
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
http://bugeric.blogspot.com/

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