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Subject:  What’s that bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cabot, Pa
Date: 06/17/2018
Time: 09:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen these two “mating”?
No one in the northern part of Pennsylvania seems to know what these their bugs are?
How you want your letter signed:  Marianne Barnhart

Mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies

Dear Marianne,
Many of the images of Golden Backed Snipe Flies submitted to our site come from Pennsylvania and Ohio, and many of the images we receive of Golden Backed Snipe Flies are of mating pairs.

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Subject:  Can’t identify this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Shanksville, Pennsylvania
Date: 06/12/2018
Time: 06:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Googled and can’t find anything
How you want your letter signed:  Kathy Laughlin

Golden Backed Snipe Fly

Dear Kathy,
It seems we get at least one or two identification requests for Golden Backed Snipe Flies from the Ohio/Pennsylvania area each year.

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Subject:  WTB?
Geographic location of the bug:  Maryland
Date: 05/30/2018
Time: 06:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Never seen one of these before. Would love to know what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  N.M.

Golden Backed Snipe Fly

Dear N.M.,
This is a Golden Backed Snipe Fly and according to BugGuide:  “This fly is observed in early to mid-spring perched quietly on low vegetation in deciduous woodlands.”  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site during the middle of June when our editorial staff is away from the office on holiday.

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Subject: ID bug please
Location: Ohio, USA
June 13, 2016 1:05 pm
Here’s an interesting bug I found around home in northeast Ohio. It was a cool day, so he wasn’t moving very fast. Any thoughts?
Signature: htvmm

Golden Backed Snipe Fly

Golden Backed Snipe Fly

Dear htvmm,
This is a beautiful image of a Golden Backed Snipe Fly.

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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: what is this???
Location: West Virginia
June 9, 2015 4:14 am
Heard and saw this on my back porch last night about 3 am. Thought it was a beetle before it landed. I thought it might be a horsey of some kind but ill let you be the judge of that.
Signature: Ed

Gold Backed Snipe Fly

Golden Backed Snipe Fly

Dear Ed,
Each year in June, we get several images of Golden Backed Snipe Flies, and most come from Ohio and Pennsylvania, across the border from you.

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