The family of Picture-Winged Flies is filled with bold, flashy and striking members and Delphinia picta is no exception.
Delphinia picta is one of central and eastern North America's most common Picture-Winged Flies. Its wings are mostly black, but they bear solid white stripes and spots on them. The body, by contrast, is a lighter brown or flesh color. Its eyes are a pinky-rose color.
Females deposit hundreds of fertilized eggs using an ovipositor, a syringe-like tail. The eggs are placed inside very rotten fruit, vegetable or flower matter. Within a week, eggs hatch and the larvae (maggots) feed on what remains of the plant matter surrounding them. Though most larvae pupate and emerge as adults in the same year, some late-season larvae can overwinter in deeper ground and complete their devleopment the subsequent spring.
Scientific Name: Delphinia picta
Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 9mm (0.20in to 0.35in)
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