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A bright gold spot on the back of the Gold-Backed Snipe Fly garners instant attention to this big and shimmery fly.
Not much is known about the Gold-Backed Snipe Fly. It is a member of the Snipe Fly family, which are large flies usually found in wooded areas. The larvae of this species have been seen on rotting wood, though little is known about their life cycle.
It has a look of a wasp and is thought to be a predatory insect. Females have more robust bodies than males, and also have space between their eyes. Males have larger eyes that are close together and wings that are smokey along the outer edges. Both genders are black with five shiny, metallic bands of golden hairs on the abdomen in addition to the quite obvious metallic gold spot near the head.
Scientific Name: Chrysopilus thoracicus
Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 12mm (0.39in to 0.47in)
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