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Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Australia, Victoria, Dandenong
Date: 04/12/2021
Time: 05:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello bugman,
I’m curious about what this bug is. I have found a few in my shed. Any help will be greatly appreciated. A small donation haha.
Cheers
How you want your letter signed:  Nathan

Wingless Female Soldier Fly

Dear Nathan,
This is a wingless female Soldier Fly in the subfamily Chiromyzinae, and the first time we ever saw one of these, it had us puzzled for quite some time.  There are numerous images posted to iNaturalist.

Wingless Female Soldier Fly

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Subject:  What can be this “larva”?
Geographic location of the bug:  Madrid city, NE
Date: 03/28/2021
Time: 01:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  There are lots of this larva (I think that it is a larva, but not sure, perhaps a chrysalis) at my parents flat roof. Many of them near to an open box with compost. Some of them looks alive, some of them are “emtpy”. It is the first time that something like that appears there.
Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Chris

Black Soldier Fly Larvae

Dear Chris,
These are Black Soldier Fly larvae and they are often found in compost piles.  They are harmless and are actually considered beneficial as they help to break down the organic materials in the compost pile.

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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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