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Subject: Beautiful black and white 6 legger
Location: N.Carolina
June 2, 2016 8:06 am
A friend in N.Carolina asked me if I could figure out who this guy is and I am having no luck. Isn’t he beautiful?
Signature: Eileen

Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

Dear Eileen,
This delicate insect is a Phantom Crane Fly.

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Subject: Wasp, Bug, or Something Else?
Location: Anacortes, WA
June 2, 2016 7:55 pm
This pretty thing was on a stump next to my kitchen garden this morning. It was about an inch long. Can anyone identify it, please?
Signature: Lorien Shaw

Bee-Like Robber Fly

Bee-Like Robber Fly

Dear Lorien,
This is one of the predatory Bee-Like Robber Flies in the genus
Laphria, and we believe it resembles Laphria columbica which is pictured on BugGuide, but we would not rule out another species like Laphria astur which is also pictured on BugGuide, or possibly another member of the genus.  Members of the genus found in the western portions of North America are pictured on swb.usachoice.net

After quite a bit of internet research, I had strong suspicion it was likely one of the predator critters, and I’m delighted to have a more specific direction for my queries.  Thanks so much for the assistance!
Els

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Subject: Mystery Bug
Location: Troy, Michigan USA
June 2, 2016 6:27 am
Saw one yesterday 2016 June 1 in the backyard where I have tomato plants, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, squash, peach tree, apple tree, rose bush, hubbard squash, buttercup squash, parlsey, leek, chives, sun chokes, marigolds, hostas, pink coral bells, petunias, dianthus and other stuff growing. Saw one around 7am today June 2 on the rose bush in front. Then saw 2 more mating on the concrete in front about 1.5-2 hours later. I want to know the common and scientific name if you can tell me so I can research if it bites or is a pest to my flowers, fruits and veggies. It is summer here in Michigan. I live north of Detroit in southern Oakland County Michigan in a residential area in the suburbs.
Signature: Curious

Mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies

Mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies

Dear Curious,
These are mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies,
Chrysopilus thoracicus, and according to BugGuide:  “Life Cycle Details unknown. This fly is observed in early to mid-spring perched quietly on low vegetation in deciduous woodlands.”  Of the family Rhagiionidae, BugGuide notes:  “Both adults and larvae are predaceous on a variety of small insects. Most do not bite, but Symphoromyia females [known as Rocky Mountain Bite Flies] are common biting pests in the western mountains and coastal areas.”  So, this is either a beneficial insect, or a benign insect that will not harm the numerous plants in your garden.

Golden Backed Snipe Fly

Golden Backed Snipe Fly

 

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Subject: Hornet?
Location: Holt, Michigan
May 28, 2016 5:35 pm
Found in mid-Michigan in a wood pile. He was disoriented and walking in the grass, and let us move him without any issue. Looks like it has a very large stinger.
Signature: Melissa

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Melissa,
We believe we have correctly identified this female Crane Fly as
Tanyptera dorsalis, formerly Ctenophora dorsalis, thanks to images posted to BugGuide where it states:  “larvae live in decaying wood of recently dead deciduous hardwood trees, often in prostrate trunks that are fairly sound.”  This BugGuide image illustrates the female ovipositing using her egg-laying organ that you have mistaken for a stinger.  The coloring and shape of this Crane Fly likely provides the species with some protection as it seems to mimic the markings on many stinging wasps.

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Subject: Strange long legged fly
Location: Fenton, MI
May 29, 2016 7:08 am
My kids found this bug and would love to know what it is!
Signature: Robert Fravel

Male Giant Crane Fly

Male Giant Crane Fly

Dear Robert,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are relatively confident this is a male Giant Crane Fly,
Tipula abdominalis.  According to BugGuide:  “adults fly from May to October.”

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Subject: Fly on door
Location: Near hedgesville wv
May 29, 2016 8:41 am
Just curious what kind of insect this is.
Signature: Chuck Becker

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Chuck,
This is a Crane Fly in the Infraorder Tipulomorpha.  We are not certain of the species.  Crane Flies are harmless.

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