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    Gold-Backed Snipe Fly - (Chrysopilus thoracicus)

    A bright gold spot on the thorax of the Gold-Backed Snipe Fly draws immediate attention to this big fly.

    Staff Writer (8/21/2015): 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 and 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 and a metallic gold spot on the near the head.

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    Gold-Backed Snipe Fly

    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Gold-Backed Snipe Fly
    Scientific Name: Chrysopilus thoracicus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Rhagionidae
           Genus: Chrysopilus
            Species: thoracicus

    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 12mm (0.39in to 0.47in)

    Identifying Colors: black, yellow, white

    Additional Descriptors: spot, dot, flying, fast, buzzing, shiny, metallic, stripe

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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