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Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2004
2:59 AM

Post #956482

Its wings seem to flicker,shining when it's in flight.very quick take off and landing.

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art_n_garden
Colorado Springs, CO
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2004
3:01 AM

Post #956485

Oh I hate those things. When it lands does it knock its little antenna together really fast?
I would like to know what this is too.
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2004
3:03 AM

Post #956489

Yep that the one!!!
They almost scare me when they show up unexpectedly!
There so quick!

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


July 18, 2004
6:27 AM

Post #956678

A Blowfly?
art_n_garden
Colorado Springs, CO
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2004
6:00 PM

Post #957238

From the pictures I found of blowfly, I dont think that's it. This bug is longer and skinner and flies different than any fly I've come across.

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


July 18, 2004
6:05 PM

Post #957247

What elevation? Near the Timberline?
I've seen them in the forest.
art_n_garden
Colorado Springs, CO
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2004
6:10 PM

Post #957252

We had them in Houston at sea level and we have them here in Lubbock at about 3,000 ft.
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2004
7:56 PM

Post #957386

heck its over 2 inches long!wings shine in flight,I think maybe the sun ricocheting off the dark black wings.

bootandall

bootandall
Blenheim
New Zealand


July 19, 2004
12:33 AM

Post #957669

looks very much like a Robber Fly .there are some pics on Google Image .
We have smaller ones here
crystalspin
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 19, 2004
3:17 AM

Post #957824

boot -- you are good! The first few pics I googled for Robber Fly I thought you were off-base, but then I found this one:

http://www.windsofkansas.com/Basilidae/okmorosum.JPG

and although the antennae are much shorter the family resemblance is undeniable!

Here is a paper with maps of reported occurrance by county including Texas and Kansas -- of this species (Microstylum morosum) and a related one (M.galactodes)... the maps are near the bottom of this long article. In the first paragraph it mentions a M.pollens considered a color variant of M.morosum without saying what the color difference was! Your bug seems even blacker than the one(s) pictured in the reference and maybe that's the variant (I could find no further references). Maybe the variations also include the longer antennae.

http://www.windsofkansas.com/Basilidae/entnews5.htm
~'spin!~
art_n_garden
Colorado Springs, CO
(Zone 6a)

July 19, 2004
3:20 AM

Post #957827

Hmmm I dont know...I think its close, but the antenna on the ones I see are always long and gross and that's what tips me off to what it is.
crystalspin
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 19, 2004
3:34 AM

Post #957851

Incidentally, another site made a strong point that the robber flies as a group are our friends -- although some may snack on a butterfly or honeybee, the pests they devour are many more than the beneficials.
~'spin!~
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

July 19, 2004
4:07 AM

Post #957921

Yes this is so close,but there might just be another one out there with long antennas.
Very good info ,thanks spin

bootandall

bootandall
Blenheim
New Zealand


July 19, 2004
8:32 AM

Post #958040

hope I haven't sent you an a wild goose chase!! LOL but It does look somewhat near our robber flies, and I didn't realise there are so many. I'll keep looking.
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2004
2:08 AM

Post #959265

Boot, any reason why you call them robber flies?

bootandall

bootandall
Blenheim
New Zealand


July 20, 2004
2:54 AM

Post #959351

they are good at catching other flying insects, I am not sure if it's to eat them or too lay there eggs in. they should be called assassin Flys.
maybe they do something else to have robber in there name?
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2004
3:14 AM

Post #959383

Thanks,that sounds interesting!

bootandall

bootandall
Blenheim
New Zealand


July 20, 2004
4:34 AM

Post #959472

I have had another look about, this site has lots of insect pics, but still not the right one that I can see. http://www.forestryimages.org
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

July 21, 2004
3:02 AM

Post #960840

Went thru all those flies,couldn't find it either,never knew there were so many flies!!

bootandall

bootandall
Blenheim
New Zealand


July 21, 2004
4:10 AM

Post #960981

neither did I
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

July 27, 2004
5:16 PM

Post #970486

It almost looks like it's laying eggs on that log doesn't it?
Tropicman
Bushland, TX
(Zone 6a)

July 28, 2004
2:38 AM

Post #971523

LOL!Couldn't say,never saw one lay eggs!!LOL!
To me it looks like getting ready to launch!!

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