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Stiletto Fly

Thereva fucata


Yellow, brown and black fly with red eyes. Wings have brown wavy pattern. Abdomen is striped. Thorax has three black stripes down the middle. It was about 1 1/2 cm long.


On an Oleander branch in the backyard


No common name. It's a species of the Therevidae family which are Stiletto flies.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Darwinist 10 years ago
Snipe Fly
Rhagio mystaceus Snipe Fly - Rhagio mystaceus

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CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

I submitted this to BugGuide and the initial thought is a Stiletto Fly. They're still waiting for an expert to confirm. I changed the ID but will modify it if needed.

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thank you Darwinist! It sure does look like it. The problem is the one's with the markings on the wings are from the east coast. At least now I know where to search :)
@textless, Thank you!

textless 10 years ago

Wonderful photos!

Darwinist 10 years ago

May be a Snipe Fly, from the Robber Fly family. There are so many robber flies, but this is the closest I could come up with. Looks like it! :)

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Any help with the ID would be greatly appreciated. I just love this face!

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Sep 16, 2011
Submitted on Sep 16, 2011

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