Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The very dapper Golden-backed Snipe Fly...

...in the insect world, if any fly could claim the title "fashionista," it would be the Golden-backed Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus thoracicus). This coal black fly sets the cut of his coat with striking accents. His yellow-tipped thorax appears to have been dipped in gold, and his abdomen follows suit with a geometric pattern of tailored white dashes. The contrasting colors draw the eye in, and there's no denying this lovely fly cuts a striking figure...

A Golden-backed Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus thoracicus) rests on the bike trail along the Little Miami River. His contrasting colors of yellow, black and white are striking, and his geometric design appears crisp, modern and even trendy...what a fashion plate! 

...the dark wing venation just adds to this snipe fly's appeal. He's definitely no ordinary house fly...

...but this fly is not all show. The bright yellow patch on the thorax and the white splashes on the abdomen serve a defensive purpose. They help him mimic a bee or a wasp, but don't worry, he can't sting; however, according to my "Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North American," by Eric Eaton and Kenn Kaufman, some species can bite. This guy ignored me and didn't try to bite. 

12 comments:

Robbie said...

What a cool looking bug...love the yellow.

TexWisGirl said...

he is beautiful - at least your photos make him so. :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful little creature --but oh how sad that he is called a FLY.... ha.. I will say that that is the prettiest fly I have ever seen.
Hugs,
Betsy

Olga said...

Such an interesting insect!

Sue said...

Who thought a fly could be good looking!
:)

Mary said...

Very colorful! I've never seen one before. "Dapper" is so right for this guy.

Montanagirl said...

He is very striking indeed! And as always, you took some very nice photos of him! Way to go, Kelly.

Carol Mattingly said...

The insects and birds and animals you make me aware of is unbelievable. I always look to see what you're posting next as it is like an education and beauty all wrapped in a great informative package. Thanks Kelly and thank you for stopping by and leaving me a note. Stay cool girl. It's gonna be a scorcher. Carol

Janice K said...

How unusual...I've certainly never seen one.

Gillian Olson said...

That is a very interesting and "dashing" looking fly, don't think I've ever seen one before.

Guy said...

Hi Kelly

This is just too weird and wonderful at the same time. I am really inpressed with your ability to find so much of interest and beauty in nature.

Thanks for sharing.
Guy

Kelly said...

...thanks, everyone! Isn't this fellow unique? I love his classic combination of colors and the crisp white dashes along his back. He's a beauty. He didn't bite me, but he sure looks like he could! A lot in his species bite like flies...