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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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Subject: Unknown Bug
Location: South Bend, IN
April 9, 2015 5:35 am
Dear Bugman,
I was out for a hike yesterday afternoon in South Bend, IN and I saw lots of these bugs flying around close to the ground. I would like to know what it is so I can learn more about it.
Signature: Bug Lover

Greater Bee Fly

Greater Bee Fly

Dear Bug Lover,
This is a Greater Bee Fly, a harmless pollinating insect.

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Subject: Which fly?
Location: Pune, India
March 27, 2015 9:39 pm
Hello,
I came across this fly on the bark of a Mahogany tree.
It’s got a single pair of wings and measures about 2cms or so.
Any clues much appreciated.
Thanks & Regards,
Signature: Rahul

Unknown Fly from India

Unknown Fly from India

Dear Rahul,
We do not recognize your colorful Fly, but we will post the image in the hope that one of our readers will be able to assist in the identification.

Thanks for trying Daniel!
Cheers,
Rahul

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Subject:  Wingless Crane Fly?
Location:  Wrightwood, California
March 17, 2015
Found this guy in Wrightwood, California about a week ago.   It moved like a spider but when I picked it up I realized it was not!   It looked line a crane fly to me and a search for “wingless crane fly” brought me to Whatsthatbug..  Most of the images I have seen here and elsewhere  are of much heavier bodied examples with much thicker legs.  I have not found one that looks like this anywhere else but I am fairly sure it is a crane fly.    I’m hoping you’ll find this one as interesting as my son and I did.

I really hope you guys see this.  With all the web resources out there (often your website) I am still stumped!  I have not been able to find an image of anything quite like this.  I am certain it’s a crane fly but all the wingless crane flies I can find online are very grizzly looking.  This one is much different.
Sorry for the filthy hands, we were repairing a sprinkler system.
Kevin

Wingless Insect

Wingless Crane Fly

Dear Kevin,
Thanks for resending this interesting request.  We went back through our unanswered mail and we could not locate your original submission, which is very curious.  Zooming in on your excellent image, we do not believe the antennae and mouthparts are those of a Crane Fly.  It reminds us more of a member of the order Mecoptera, the Scorpionflies.  We are going to seek some additional opinions, including Eric Eaton and Crane Fly expert Chen Young.

Wingless Insect

Wingless Crane Fly

Dr. Chen Young identifies Crane Fly
Hi Daniel,
Yes, it is a crane fly and it is a male crane fly, thus it is probably not in the family Tipulidae, instead it is in the family Limoniidae.  I sure wish I could get a small part of his leg and run a DNA sequence (just a wish till I move to CA).
Thank,
Chen

Close up of curious winged insect

Close up of Wingless Crane Fly

Kevin sends a tardy response:  May 12, 2015
Daniel,
Thanks very much for this.  And sorry for the late response, I replied just after seeing that Dr. Chen gave an ID but I found the reply group of emails in my outbox that never actually sent.  I was very happy to see the crane fly posted and identified.  I wish I could have provided Dr. Chen what he needed for a DNA sequence.  That would have been extra cool.  Thanks again for your fantastic site!

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Subject: Tiny weird moth
Location: Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
March 17, 2015 6:50 am
These little moths are all over my house and stick to the walls. They are about a half cm wide and a half cm tall. I just have no idea what they feed on or how to get rid of them. Please let me know! Thanks!
I live in Abu Dhabi… Very hot weather.
Signature: Busjam

Bathroom Fly

Bathroom Fly

Dear Busjam,
This Bathroom Fly or Moth Fly is a common cosmopolitan household pest.  They are generally found in bathrooms as the larvae live in the sludge that accumulates in plumbing pipes.

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Subject:  Crane Fly
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA
Ides of March:  March 15, 2015
We just wrote back to Dr. Chen Young who identified a wingless Crane Fly for us, and we saw a Crane Fly on the window.  Sadly, the dorsal view is out of focus.

Crane Fly (ventral view)

Crane Fly (ventral view)

Hi Daniel,
The images are sort of out of focus and it kept me from making any further identification beyond the genus Tipula.
Thanks,
Chen

Crane Fly (dorsal view)

Crane Fly (dorsal view)

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