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Subject:  Bee?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeast NE.
Date: 07/25/2019
Time: 05:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I found this “bee” on the leaves of my rose bush while trying to figure out what’s been munching leaves. It’s bright lime green just like the photo, almost half an inch long and has a rather flat shaped abdomen with cool black designs. Not metallic like a sweat bee, if it is indeed a bee, but can’t find any info or pix that match.
Thank you,
Lois
How you want your letter signed:  Lois Colvin

Soldier Fly

Dear Lois,
This is not a Bee.  It is a Soldier Fly and we have identified it as
Hedriodiscus binotatus thanks to images posted on BugGuide.

Thank you! First time I’ve seen one in the 17 yrs since moving to NE.

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Subject:  Flourescent Green Bee Fly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kansas
Date: 07/18/2019
Time: 03:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi!  This bug is truly flourescent green.  The head appeared to be orangish in color and does not match with any of the images I’ve found online as it is opposite the coloring of sweat bees, and doesn’t match the orchid bees.
How you want your letter signed:  Flourescent Green Bee Fly Finder

Green Soldier Fly

Dear Flourescent Green Bee Fly Finder,
This fluorescent green fly is actually a Soldier Fly.  There are several green genera with numerous similar looking species.  We believe your Soldier Fly might be a male
Hedriodiscus binotatus based on this BugGuide image.  Males have larger eyes with no space between them.  We would not discount that it might be a male Odontomyia cincta based on this BugGuide image.

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Subject:  Green Soldier Fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake County Illinois
Date: 06/18/2019
Time: 07:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This was a 1st sighting if this for me, and I believe it to be a Green Soldier Fly based on what I saw on Bugguide.net.  it was a bit longer than a centimeter, and seemed to hang around me for a while, while I was working in a flower yard.
How you want your letter signed:  Karin

Green Soldier Fly

Dear Karin,
This is indeed a Green Soldier Fly, and based on this BugGuide image, we believe it is
Odontomyia cincta.  Your images are awesome.  She is quite the poser.

Green Soldier Fly

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Subject:  Anthropod Classification
Geographic location of the bug:  United States, Florida
Date: 03/24/2019
Time: 10:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I had to take pictures of anthropods I could find in my yard and classify the bugs for my zoology class. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what it is. I took the picture in my front yard and I am located in Florida. I appreciate any help you could offer me. Thank you in advance!
How you want your letter signed:  Willow Orr

Soldier Fly

Dear Willow,
Based on this BugGuide image, we believe this is a Soldier Fly in the genus
Hedriodiscus.  According to BugGuide:  “spp. are very difficult to ID and not all are valid.”  An even closer visual match is the Soldier Fly Odontomyia cincta, also pictured on BugGuide.  Though we are uncertain of the species, we are confident this is a Soldier Fly.

Soldier Fly

ou are spot on! It is an Odontomyia cincta Soldier Fly. Thank you so much for respond, I appreciate the help!

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Subject:  Large black flies (Mydas??) showing up in my house.
Geographic location of the bug:  Charlottesville, VA
Date: 03/25/2019
Time: 07:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve noticed several of these bugs around the windows in my house. I will find many of them dead on the ground or sometimes crawling around on the window sill. They are black and quite large (3/4″ long). I’m thinking that they are mydas flies but am not 100%.
Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
If these are Mydas flies where are they coming from and what can I do to get rid of them?
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Zushi

Black Soldier Fly

Dear Zushi,
This is not a Mydas Fly.  Rather, it is a Black Soldier Fly or Window Fly,
Hermetia illucens.  The name Window Fly refers to clear patches in the abdomen, and not because they are found in windows.  Do you have a nearby compost pile?  Larvae of Black Soldier Flies are frequently found in compost piles.  We do not provide extermination advice. 

Black Soldier Fly

Daniel,
Thank you for the reply/information. I will have a look at their abdomen and look for the transparency. I do have a personal compost bin in my backyard garden. I’ve used the compost in soils around my garden and most likely i’ve dug up some of that soil to use in pots that I have some plants in inside my house. This is probably my source.
I understand not giving extermination advice. Once the weather changes for the better I plan on moving most of my plants outside. I will probably go through the process of replacing a lot of the potted soil as well and moving the current soil back into my compost.
Anything else you could provide would be greatly appreciate.
Best regards,
John Boyd

 

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Subject:  Black flying insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Daytona beach Fl
Date: 08/07/2018
Time: 01:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this in my home looked online found nothing seems like a carpenter bee
How you want your letter signed:  Trevor

Probably Black Soldier Fly

Dear Trevor,
This is a Solder Fly, and we believe, because of the white legs, that it is a harmless Black Soldier Fly,
Hermetia illucens, but we have never had to ID one from a ventral view.  ResearchGate has a ventral view.

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