Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening  

Go Back   Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening > Wildlife Gardeners of North America Unite > Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods > Bug Us (help identifying bugs)

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-06-2012, 08:02 PM   #1
Curious George & UAOKA recipient
 
turttle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Default wasp or fly?

This very large, black insect was flying around, more like a fly than a wasp (I was worried it was a horsefly of some sort and would bite me while I was out with it.) I kept seeing flashes of orange on the body, though, and caught a partial photo of that part of its body. Suunto, can you tell me what it is?
Attached Thumbnails
wasp or fly?-black-insect-id-1.jpg   wasp or fly?-black-insect-id-2.jpg  
__________________
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, this is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar. - Lord Byron

Turttle's pollinator garden
turttle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
Salamander
 
scarecrowsdrm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Grimes County,Texas
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by turttle View Post
This very large, black insect was flying around, more like a fly than a wasp (I was worried it was a horsefly of some sort and would bite me while I was out with it.) I kept seeing flashes of orange on the body, though, and caught a partial photo of that part of its body. Suunto, can you tell me what it is?

"Tarantula Hawk" or something related to it? This sure looks a lot like that kind of large wasp we have down here, very impressive whatever it is.
scarecrowsdrm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2012, 07:33 AM   #3
The Bug Whisperer
 
suunto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe County, WV, USA
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by turttle View Post
This very large, black insect was flying around, more like a fly than a wasp (I was worried it was a horsefly of some sort and would bite me while I was out with it.) I kept seeing flashes of orange on the body, though, and caught a partial photo of that part of its body. Suunto, can you tell me what it is?
Its a mydas fly (Diptera: Mydidae) - see Arthropod Museum, Dept. of Entomology, University of Arkansas for an image and more information.
__________________
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

Henry Ward Beecher
suunto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2012, 05:26 PM   #4
Curious George & UAOKA recipient
 
turttle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Default

Thanks, suunto! Larva in decaying stumps and logs. I have lots of those. Larva eat scarab beetle larva - maybe they will keep down my Japanese beetles, except those are mostly in lawns. I have gorgeous Green June beetles right now...

I am glad to know they don't bite people. There are plenty of other critters here who do.

Have fun caving!
__________________
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, this is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar. - Lord Byron

Turttle's pollinator garden
turttle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2012, 07:03 PM   #5
Salamander
 
scarecrowsdrm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Grimes County,Texas
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by suunto View Post
Its a mydas fly (Diptera: Mydidae) - see Arthropod Museum, Dept. of Entomology, University of Arkansas for an image and more information.
I remembered that I saw one of these in my flower bed a year ago and couldn't identify it. Glad to know what it is!
scarecrowsdrm is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bug, bug id, bugs, diptera, diptera mydidae, flies, fly, flying insects, id bugs, id insects, identification, identify, insect, insect id, insects, mydas, mydas fly, mydidae, wasp

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2