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North American Flies

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 5/5/2014

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


There are a total of 15 Flies of North America in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.

Bee-Like Tachinid Fly
Bee-Like Tachinid Fly larvae are lethal predators to insects people may find problematic. Most of these fly larvae feed on th...
Black-Tailed Bee Fly
The Black-Tailed Bee Fly is a fuzzy, hovering, buzzing look-a-like to a bumble bee. The long proboscis ('tongue'), however q...
Though they look like giant mosquitoes, they are not mosquitoes. Craneflies do not bite, they do not have a long proboscis (s...
Flower Fly
This fly looks like a wasp and is a fine mimic. Despite similar physical appearance and even flight behavior, the Flower Fly ...
Hover Fly
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...
Long-legged Fly
This metallic green, copper or blue fly with bright red eyes can be found wandering between leaves in a forest, flowers in a ...
Mydas Fly
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...
Picture-Winged Fly
Delphinia picta is one of central and eastern North America's most common Picture-Winged Flies. Its wings are mostly...
Robber Fly (Diogmites)
Robber flies eat biting flies and other flying insects like bees, butterflies and wasps. This species likes bees and dragonf...
Robber Fly (Efferia)
Robberflies are considered 'hanging thieves' becaue they use their arms to suspend themselves from twigs and branches and ste...
Robberfly (Promachus)
Robberflies eat all sorts of other flies as well as bees, wasps, beetles and butterflies. If it flies and they can catch it, ...
Small House Fly
Male Small House Flies form swarms in the summer. Females lay their eggs in animal/human feces or on dead and decaying anima...
Snow Mosquito
The Snow Mosquito is a special species of mosquito commonly limited to northern portions of the United States. The Snow Mosqu...
Tachinid Fly
Tachinid Fly larvae are efficient pest controllers for certain moth species. This particular species parasitizes some tiger m...
Tiger Bee Fly
The widespread Tiger Bee Fly has a long proboscis that could make it easy to mistake for a mosquito. The large size and fuzzy...
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