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North American Flies

A common outdoor and indoor pest is the fly - represented by some 20,000 known species in North American alone.

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There are a total of 12 North American Flies in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.

1
Bee-Like Tachinid Fly
Identifying Colors: black, red, orange, yellow
Bee-Like Tachinid Fly larvae are lethal predators to insects people may find problematic. Most of these fly larvae feed on th...
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2
Cranefly
Identifying Colors: brown; gray; gold
Though they look like giant mosquitoes, they are not mosquitoes. Craneflies do not bite, they do not have a long proboscis (s...
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3
Flower Fly
Identifying Colors: black; white; yellow
This fly looks like a wasp and is a fine mimic. Despite similar physical appearance and even flight behavior, the Flower Fly ...
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4
Hover Fly
Identifying Colors: brown; black; yellow
Although it looks like a wasp or bee, this species of fly cannot bite or sting. The Hover Fly is able to stay in one place as...
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5
Long-legged Fly
Identifying Colors: green, black, red, brown
This metallic green, copper or blue fly with bright red eyes can be found wandering between leaves in a forest, flowers in a ...
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6
Mydas Fly
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; orange; red
This family of flies comprises some of the largest flies in North America. Some of the species can get as long as 60mm (2 in...
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7
Robber Fly (Diogmites)
Identifying Colors: brown; red; green; black
Robber flies eat biting flies and other flying insects like bees, butterflies and wasps. This species likes bees and dragonf...
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8
Robber Fly (Efferia)
Identifying Colors: white; black; gray; brown
Robberflies are considered 'hanging thieves' becaue they use their arms to suspend themselves from twigs and branches and ste...
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9
Robberfly (Promachus)
Identifying Colors: brown, black, white, orange, ivory
Robberflies eat all sorts of other flies as well as bees, wasps, beetles and butterflies. If it flies and they can catch it, ...
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10
Small House Fly
Identifying Colors: black; red
Male Small House Flies form swarms in the summer. Females lay their eggs in animal/human feces or on dead and decaying anima...
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11
Snow Mosquito
Identifying Colors: brown, black
The Snow Mosquito is a special species of mosquito commonly limited to northern portions of the United States. The Snow Mosqu...
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12
Tachinid Fly
Identifying Colors: red; black; brown; orange
Tachinid Fly larvae are efficient pest controllers for certain moth species. This particular species parasitizes some tiger m...
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