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Subject:  Ornate Snipe Fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Toledo, Ohio
Date: 06/17/2019
Time: 11:44 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there! It took me a while to identify this cute fly, and I believe it is a male Ornate Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus ornatus.) I didn’t see any photos of one on your website, so I thought you might enjoy it! Thanks for the amazing website!
How you want your letter signed:  Katy

Ornate Snipe Fly

Thank you Katy,
We are thrilled to post your images of a male Ornate Snipe Fly,
Chrysopilus ornatus.  According to BugGuide, the season for sighting is  “Spring. May-July (North Carolina).”  We already have numerous images in our archive of Golden Backed Snipe Flies that we receive mainly from the midwest in June, and we always love posting images of new species.

Ornate Snipe Fly

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Subject:  Scary!
Geographic location of the bug:  Shasta lake CA
Date: 04/30/2019
Time: 12:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this scary looking bug on my peppermint plant this morning and I can’t figure out what it is. Please help!
How you want your letter signed:  Perplexed Peppermint

Snipe Fly

Dear Perplexed Peppermint,
We will attempt to identify this Fly for you.

Eric Eaton Responds
Daniel:
One of these, I believe:  https://bugguide.net/node/view/53713
Family is Xylophagidae, with no common name in English, naturally….
Eric
Lead author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

Update:  Frequent WTB? contributor Cesar Crash believes this is a female Snipe Fly in the genus Rhagio which is pictured on BugGuide .

Update from Eric Eaton:
Well, I’ll be….I stand corrected.  It *is* a Rhagio sp.  Did not know they got that large and that “red” in California.
Eric
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

 

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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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