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Subject: Any help
Location: stuttgart, germany
July 28, 2012 11:48 am
Hello,
any idea what kind of bug this is. its a fly, but it puts its wings upright and walks around…
Signature: jesse

Peacock Fly

Hi Jesse,
We have not had any luck with an identification, however, we are filing this under Fruit Flies because that is where we believe it belongs.

Peacock Fly

Update:  July 28, 2012
No sooner had we posted this than Jacob H. wrote in with a comment inquiring if it might be
Callopistromyia annulipes, the Peacock Fly, one of the Picture Winged Flies.  An image on BugGuide confirms that identification.  BugGuide also confirms:  “recently found in Europe.”  Picture Winged Flies resemble Fruit Flies.

Hello Mr Marlos,
Thanks for the answer, never seen a flying bug put its wing straight up..
Thanks,
Jesse

 

Strange Pink Eyed Bug – With wings!
Location: Northern NJ – Essex County
October 3, 2011 9:29 am
Hi there,
I’m hoping you can identify the flying bug in this photo. I’ve never seen anything like this. I sent the pic to my friend who used to work in the park services and is now a science teacher and she had no idea what it was.
I took this pic on October 1st in the morning. I bug was hanging out on my friend’s car.
Thank you for any help!
Signature: Jessica L.

Picture Winged Fly

Hi Jessica,
This is a Picture Winged Fly in the family Ulidiidae, and we believe we have correctly identified it as
Delphinia picta.  According to BugGuide, it “Breeds in decaying organic matter, such as compost.”

ant type insect with black wings
Location: Lexington, KY
May 7, 2011 1:11 pm
as of yesterday, I have many of these on both of my cars and walking along the front of my painted brick house and my neighbors stone house. (I live in Lexington, KY) Thanks for helping me to identify these and possibly assist me in treatment to use if they are destructive.
Signature: Diane Davis

Picture Winged Fly

Dear Diane,
The Picture Winged Fly,
Delphinia picta, is a common species that according to BugGuide:  “Breeds in decaying organic matter, such as compost.”  Perhaps you have a compost pile or a newly fertilized lawn that is causing the significant numbers of Picture Winged Flies near your home.

Picture Winged Fly

Winged ant?
May 1, 2010
I have seen this insect many times in Texas. The wings are oriented in a peculiar way on the thorax. They fan out rather than lay flat on the back. What is this insect and does it sting? Perhaps it is a fly?
Taylor
Texas

Picture Winged Fly

Hi Taylor,
You have submitted an image of a Picture Winged Fly, Delphinia picta.  According to BugGuide it:  “Breeds in decaying organic matter, such as compost.

Thank you for the speedy response! You have a wonderful website!
Best,
Taylor

3 different flies with patterned wings
November 29, 2009
Here are 3 similar but different flies that were all sitting near each other. Two were perched on squash leaves in a vegetable garden. The very black one (in the last photo) was nearby on a wall near a sunflower. I took the photos on July 23rd and it was a warm sunny day. They were all smaller than the common housefly. And the black one was larger than the other two. They all look related but the wing patterns are different on each one. The 2nd pic fly is eating a bird (or teeny lizard) dropping. Could one (or more) of them be a walnut husk fly? Our neighbor has a walnut tree. Is it just a coincidence that they are hanging out together?
I aalso have photos of a green jumping spider protecting her eggs…I photograghed daily until the eggs hatched, little spiderets everywhere and mom had left. I don’t need any identification, just wondering if you’d like me to send some pics of the process.Thank you……
swarner
Fredericksburg, VA

Black Onion Fly

Black Onion Fly

Hi swarner,
We have been very busy recently, and today we are randomly selecting older letters to look for good postings.  Your photos are awesome.  We believe all three of your flies may be Picture Winged Flies in the family Ulidiidae, and we have conclusively identified the Black Onion Fly, Tritoxa flexa, on BugGuide.  The species if found over much of North America, and it is associated with cultivated garlic.

Picture Winged Fly

A second Picture Winged Fly is Delphinia picta, also found on BugGuide, and it breeds in compost piles.  The two white triangles on the leading edge of the wings is a distinguishing feature.

Signal Fly

Continued searching revealed your final fly to be a Signal Fly in the genus Rivellia.  According to BugGuide, they are found on foliage feeding on feces, exactly as your photo depicts.

Mystery Fly
August 26, 2009
Hi, I’ve noticed some mysterious flies around my yard, and I’ve been unable to identify them. They don’t seem interested in the normal waste and rot that many regular flies like, and seem to be solitary. They have ferocious looking piercing mouthparts, and their overall shape reminds me of a military helicopter. Maybe that’s just me, though. I’ve been trying for weeks to get a picture, and they’ve eluded me — until this morning, when I found a dead one tangled in an old spider web. It’s slightly dessicated, but I believe there’s enough detail for an ID. I hope.
Chrissy
Trenton, NJ

Picture Winged Fly

Picture Winged Fly

Hi Chrissy,
We are happy your perseverance paid off.  According to BugGuide, the Picture Winged Fly, Delphinia picta:  “Breeds in decaying organic matter, such as compost.