Golden-Backed Snipe Fly

Golden-Backed Snipe Fly

Golden-Backed Snipe Fly

The Golden-Backed Snipe Fly, Chrysopilus thoracicus, is a beautiful insect with gold tufts on its thorax and white tufts on the edges of the abdomen. This fly is frequently seen resting on foliage in late spring. There is no detailed description of the biology of this fly. The adults do not bite. Some observers suggest that they are predatory on other insects. Others suggest that they feed little as adults. The mouthparts are suited for piercing and feeding on other insects. The larval stages have not been reared. It is assumed that larvae of these flies are predatory on other insects as are other species snipe flies. The fly in the photo visited my picnic in the park today.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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2 Responses to Golden-Backed Snipe Fly

  1. GarryRogers says:

    Interesting. Nice photo of a handsome creature. Thank you.

  2. Pingback: Golden-Backed Snipe Fly | GarryRogers Nature Conservation

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