The golden hairs on the back of the Ornate Snipe Fly sparkle in light, adding glamour to an often overlooked kind of insect.
Convincing bee mimics, the Ornate Snipe Fly has black and golden-yellow bands on its abdomen. The thorax also has golden hairs on it. Though it looks like a bee, its short antennae reveal it is actually a fly. Wings are transparent, and its legs are yellow but darken by the feet. Females seem to have more swollen abdomens while males are quite slender.
This fly is often seen alighting on leaves. Its glimmer catches the eye as few insects exhibit such a realistic gold effect. The Ornate Snipe Fly can be found near and inside woodlands where a steady supply of decaying wood offers habitat to its larvae.
Scientific Name: Chrysopilus ornatus
Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 3mm to 5mm (0.12in to 0.20in)
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