Mystery Bug

To all you entomologists out there that might be duped into visiting my blog, HELP! These little dudes started showing up in my area about three years ago. I had never seen them before in my life, and have no idea what they are. They buzz a little, crawl a lot, and do this little circle-dance on whatever they land on. I’ve jokingly told my wife that they are tsetse flies and we are all going to die of malaria. For the record, I don’t believe that’s true. Still, I’d like to know what they are and what brought them to my corner of the woods.

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Maybe it’s a new species. I could name it the Evyl Robot Fly, but then I’d find out that they eat crap or something.

UPDATE! *cheesy telegraphy beeping sound*

Thanks to Beej, pointing me at What’s That Bug, combined with a little of my own Google-fu, I was able to identify the insect as Delphinia Picta, a. k. a. picture-winged fly. The larvae feed on rotting fruit. I know there is a peach tree in my neighbor’s yard that drops peaches into an uncontrollable wild rose in the corner of my yard. I bet that’s what has drawn them to my yard.

I’ve been needing an excuse to tear out a bunch of that rose. It’s all over that corner of the yard screaming, “Feed me, Seymore!” I’ll add that to the list of to-do’s for the Summer.


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6 thoughts on “Mystery Bug

  1. No idea what it is. It looks like a type of flying ant or a type of wasp, but nothing comes up when I Google them. Best bet is to catch one and take it to the local hardware store and ask one of those guys if they know what it is. Tell them you also tried to shoot one with a 12-ga. Heh.

  2. I know! It is very much ant-shaped, but it has the weird wings and it doesn’t have the pincer jaws like an ant does. If anything, I would say that it is very much wasp-like, but the things are tiny for wasps. These are like 3/16 to 3/8-inch stem to stern. The wife is convinced that they are parasitic, since she swears she saw some dude getting bitten by one once, and when you squish them they make a red smear. I’m not so convinced, as they don’t swarm when you go outside. Weird little suckers, though. I had to shoo one out of the car yesterday morning. I may have to try the hardware store approach. Worst case scenario, I think that I could send one to OU. They take on some odd research-type stuff from time to time.

    –Michael

  3. Okay, Michael, I tried to search this out myself, but I was surprised to find out that I’m completely creeped out by bugs and had to stop myself. Here’s the site, though:

    http://www.whatsthatbug.com

    Good to see all three of you last night. Looking forward to the end of the month!

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