Location: Garrison NY
July 25, 2010 8:30 am
Hello Daniel and staff!
I have been checking your informative site for months now, as I continue to educate myself about the creatures around me. I love your site so much, I am recommending you in my monthly eNews Update! Although I’m in entertainment, which is the focus of my Update, I think it’s important for me to share about respecting the world in which we live.
I moved from New York City to Garrison over a year and a half ago, and am loving being surrounded by nature again!
I’m enclosing a photo for identification.
Thank you for being a steward of the natural world.
(also FYI…you have a typo in your form: ”GeoRgraphic” location of the bug)
Thanks for the nice letter. We can’t think of a better place to profile our site but the entertainment section as we try our best to be bright, witty and charming, and since we have no official science background but for several semesters of college level biology more than thirty years ago. Your insect is a Fruit Fly in the family Tephritidae, and judging by the pointed abdomen, she is female. We searched through the images on BugGuide, and though there were many similar looking species, the patterns on the wings of your specimen don’t seem to exactly match any of BugGuide’s images, though it is entirely possible we missed something. Perhaps one of our readers can provide additional genus or species information. We have forwarded your mention of the typographical error to our webmaster and it should be corrected soon.
Thanks Daniel! 😉 Sometimes the best teachers are the ones with passion…not traditional education! lol
Correction thanks to Karl
July 26, 2010
The wing pattern didn’t quite match because it isn’t a Fruit fly (Tephritidae), but rather a species of the closely related Picture-winged Flies (Tephritoidea: Ulidiidae), probably Idana marginata. Regards. Karl