Insect Identification
Insect Identification

North American Flies and Mosquitoes

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/18/2015

Common outdoor and indoor pests are flies and mosquitoes - represented by over 20,000 known species in North American alone.





There are a total of (23) Flies and Mosquitoes of North America in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.



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Bee-Like Tachinid Fly
Bee-Like Tachinid Fly larvae are lethal predators to insects people may find problematic. Most of th... [Read More]
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Black-Tailed Bee Fly
The Black-Tailed Bee Fly is a fuzzy, hovering, buzzing look-a-like to a bumble bee. The long probos... [Read More]
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Cranefly
Though they look like giant mosquitoes, they are not mosquitoes. Craneflies do not bite, they do not... [Read More]
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Flesh Fly
Knowledge of the life cycle of certain genera of Flesh Flies can be valuable information. The prese... [Read More]
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Flower Fly
This fly looks like a wasp and is a fine mimic. Despite similar physical appearance and even flight ... [Read More]
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Gold-Backed Snipe Fly
Not much is known about the Gold-Backed Snipe Fly. It is a member of the Snipe Fly family, which ar... [Read More]
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Hover Fly
Although it looks like a wasp or bee, this species of fly cannot bite or sting. The Hover Fly is abl... [Read More]
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Long-legged Fly
This metallic green, copper or blue fly with bright red eyes can be found wandering between leaves i... [Read More]
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Midges
Midges are often mistaken for mosquitoes thanks to similar size and body shape. Because they do not... [Read More]
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Mydas Fly
This family of flies comprises some of the largest flies in North America. Some of the species can ... [Read More]
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Picture-Winged Fly
Delphinia picta is one of central and eastern North America's most common Picture-Winged Fl... [Read More]
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Repetitive Tachinid Fly
Few would think that flies would be such important members of an ecosystem. Tachinid flies, though ... [Read More]
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Robber Fly (Diogmites)
Robber flies eat biting flies and other flying insects like bees, butterflies and wasps. This speci... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Robber Fly (<em>Efferia</em>)
Robber Fly (Efferia)
Robberflies are considered 'hanging thieves' becaue they use their arms to suspend themselves from t... [Read More]
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Robberfly (Laphria)
Robberflies are aerial hunters. They hang on twigs and branches, waiting for a meal to fly by. Rob... [Read More]
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Robberfly (Promachus)
Robberflies eat all sorts of other flies as well as bees, wasps, beetles and butterflies. If it flie... [Read More]
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Small House Fly
Male Small House Flies form swarms in the summer. Females lay their eggs in animal/human feces or o... [Read More]
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Snow Mosquito
The Snow Mosquito is a special species of mosquito commonly limited to northern portions of the Unit... [Read More]
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Soldier Fly
This species of Soldier Fly can be found in woods, gardens and parks, with populations of adults hov... [Read More]
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Tachinid Fly
Tachinid Fly larvae are efficient pest controllers for certain moth species. This particular species... [Read More]
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Tachinid Fly
Tachinid Fly adults are usually seen visiting flowers and feeding on nectar. Though they look like ... [Read More]
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Tiger Bee Fly
The widespread Tiger Bee Fly has a long proboscis that could make it easy to mistake for a mosquito.... [Read More]
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Yellow-Fly
Sometimes mistaken for a Deer Fly, Yellow Flies are just as unwelcome by both humans and animals. T... [Read More]