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Zelia Vertebrata

Zelia vertebrata


A type of bristle fly. Whether or not this is Zelia vertebrata or the "undescribed species" reported similar to it (as mentioned in the bugguide article) is unknown and may not be possible to tell.


Found at Cadron Settlement park near Conway, Arkansas at dusk. It was beside the Arkansas river. It was September and still very warm and humid out.


This took eons to get an i.d. for. I owe a ton of thanks to a member of an Insect Identification group for it. I can't find data on how common they are, but I feel as though I've caught a rarity!

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Matthew Hammond
Matthew Hammond a year ago

I've never submitted to bugguide, but Ive thought about it... I use them like crazy!

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

That is an unusual fly! A couple weeks ago, I photographed what I thought was a flesh fly and BugGuide ID'd as a parasitic fly - they are very helpful!

Matthew Hammond
Matthew Hammond a year ago

@Neil Ross: Thank you! Knowledge is always worth the wait!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Excellent spotting, Matthew, and well done for pursuing an ID! That is always time well-spent. I quite often go to external groups for ID assistance, and for one of my spottings it actually took 2 years before I could officially put a name to it. Congratulations on your SOTW nomination.

Matthew Hammond
Matthew Hammond a year ago

I'm honored! Thank you so much!

AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Nice find Matthew. Definitely a snappy looking Tachinid.

Brian38 a year ago

Impressive spotting Mathew!

Matthew Hammond
Spotted by
Matthew Hammond

Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Sep 10, 2019
Submitted on Sep 16, 2019

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