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  • Mydas Fly - (Mydas clavatus)

    Mydas Fly - (Mydas clavatus)

    The Mydas Fly does not turn anything to gold, but there are only a few types in North America, making it somewhat precious.

    Staff Writer (8/7/2017): This family of flies comprises some of the largest flies in North America. Some of the species can get as long as 60mm (2 inches). Mydas Flies are harmless despite sometimes being mistaken for wasps.

    Females lay fertilized eggs in the ground. Larvae can be found in forests near rotting and dead wood. It eats other bugs and grubs that it finds in the dirt, including June Bug larvae. Because of their predatory diet, this type of fly is considered beneficial, removing threats to gardens before they can develop. Eventually, Mydas fly larvae pupate in small chambers they create in the soil and emerge as flying adults.

    Adults are seen in virtually everywhere (parks, garden, meadows, open lots, forests, etc.). They feed on other insects and caterpillars, including flies of other species, but they may just drink nectar. They are very good fliers, though it may not appear to be the case at first glance. They tend to look a bit clumsy in flight. They are most active in the summer months.

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    Mydas Fly

    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Mydas Fly
    Scientific Name: Mydas clavatus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Mydidae
           Genus: Mydas
            Species: clavatus

    Size (Adult, Length): 25mm to 38mm (0.98in to 1.50in)

    Identifying Colors: black; yellow; orange; red

    Additional Descriptors: large, knobs, flying, large

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * 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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