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Golden Backed Snipe Flies
These were so pretty. I took their pictures in June 2005. Their abdomens were black and white striped, with a golden velvet on their thorax. I believe they are Golden Backed Snipe Flies. I apologize for the poor image quality. I sent an email to the Purdue Entomology department last summer, but no one ever responded, so I’ve been wondering ever since then. My husband found your great web site because we were trying to identify a new bug to us… the huge robber fly. I wish I had pictures of them. I know you say it’s only 3-4 cm, but I swear those things are bigger than that! At any rate, while on your site, I thought what a great place to figure out my Black and Yellow flies as I was calling them. I guess I wasn’t that far off in my made up nomenclature! Thanks for a great site! It’s awesome!
Amy Jost
Cincinnati, OH

Hi Amy,
These are Golden Backed Snipe Flies, and even though the image is a bit blurry, we are happy to have the mating couple for our Bug Love page.

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Summer Solstice (06/21/2006) What’s this bug?
Bug Man,
Can you identify this fly? I can’t help much as this is the only time I have ever seen it. I can tell you that it was seen near a drainage culvert that runs along side a soybean farm near Flint Michigan. June 12 2006 was the date I photographed it. As you can see in the photos it has a gold spot on top and four white stripes on each side of its abdomen. at the base of its antenna it looked like 3 little balls stacked one on top of the other. Its not much to go on but I hope that helped some. I’m real curious to hear what you have to say.
Thanks
Craig Putnam

Hi Craig,
Yours is the third image of a Golden Backed Snipe Fly, Chrysopilus thoracicus, that we received this June.

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Fly – Burlington Ontario
This fly looks a lot like the love bugs from Florida (except for the color on the thorax). I have never seen anything like this before and am hoping you can identify it for me.Many thanks,
Janet Nelson
Burlinton, Canada

Hi Janet,
This is a new species for our site, a Golden Backed Snipe Fly, Chrysopilus thoracicus. I just saw one while on holiday in Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio.

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